Showers & Storms Tonight, Severe Storms Likely Wednesday

Tuesday Night Forecast Update

Tuesday Night Forecast Update for April 12th:

Some light rain showers have moved into West Tennessee tonight and some weak storm activity will move in between 10-11pm. Severe weather or strong storms are not expected tonight but some brief increases in wind speed, heavy rain, thunder and lightning can be expected. The threat tomorrow is much more significant and severe storms appear to be likely in the afternoon and evening hours across the region.

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The severe storm threat ramps up across the Mississippi River around 3 PM tomorrow. The storms will come in a couple waves and should exit the Tennessee River by 11 PM. A moderate risk of severe weather has been issued for Jackson and all areas to the west of the Hub City. Tornadoes will be possible as well as large hail and gusty winds. Please stay weather aware on Wednesday. Make sure you have a plan ready to go if you will be put under any type of storm warning. We will have more on the timing of when you could be impacted by these storms and the rest of your forecast coming up here.



Another round of showers and storm chances returns Tuesday night. Showers and storm chances will move in after sunset and increase overnight before clearing out in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Tuesday night lows will fall down into the low to mid 60s. The severe threat tonight is only a marginal risk (1/5). Severe storms are not expected tonight but cannot be ruled out, the more significant threat gets going Wednesday afternoon and evening.


Our greatest threat for severe weather this week will be coming on Wednesday.  The Storm Prediction Center has already put all of West Tennessee under an enhanced risk (3/5) and areas in and west of Jackson under a Moderate risk (4/5).  Strong straight line winds, large hail and tornadoes all appear possible in the late evening hours. We were under a moderate risk earlier this month when tornadoes and straight line winds devastated the Hub City, please stay weather aware and have a plan.

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Like Tuesday, the storm chances will come in two rounds with the evening threat being the one we are most concerned about. Some storms though will linger overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning as well. We will get a break for most of the day before the main event shows up late in the evening.

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Highs on Wednesday will again reach the upper 70s to near 80°. It will remain warm and humid until the cold front passes, which will allow overnight lows to drop into the 40s by Thursday morning.  Showers should move out before the sun comes up on Thursday.

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Temperatures will be below normal on Thursday behind Wednesday nights cold front. Highs will make it up into the mid to upper 60s but we should see plenty of the sunshine. The winds will come out of the north behind the front but in general will be quite light. Thursday night lows will fall down into the mid 40s, but lows should stay out of the 30s for all of West Tennessee.


Friday looks very similar to Thursday, but we should see in increase in clouds into the afternoon from the southerly winds that will be returning. Highs on Friday will reach the low to mid 70s depending on when the winds change direction. We will be rain free with a southerly breeze around 10 MPH into the afternoon. Friday night lows will fall into the mid 50s and be warmer than the previous nights due to a brief increase in the humidity.


The weekend forecast looks a bit tricky as of now, but forecast guidance is suggesting more showers and weak storms to move through the area. As of early in the week, the weekend’s setup doesn’t look real likely for severe weather, but rain showers look more likely then not. Skies will be mostly cloudy this weekend and the winds will shift from the northeast on Saturday to more out of the east on Sunday as the low pressure system moves through. Highs will climb up into the upper 60s on Saturday and fall into the mid 60s on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday night lows will drop down to the upper 40s or around 50°. We will hope to have a better idea as to what you can expect this weekend as the week progresses. A system is coming, but what side of it we will be on here in West Tennessee will determine what we will see including our chances for storms or severe weather. Stay will WBBJ TV for more information as the week progresses.


Spring has officially kicked off here in West Tennessee, and another freeze in the next week or two seems highly unlikely. We typically get our last freeze around the beginning of April and I think that was the case this year as well, feel free to start your gardening. There will be more chances for severe weather though as we get deeper into Spring. So you need to stay weather aware to changing weather patterns and monitor the forecasts closely. We got you covered in the WBBJ 7 Storm Team Weather Center as always.

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Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
Joel Barnes
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