Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for West Tennessee

Weather Update – 6:45 p.m. – Monday, August 20th

Bands of strong-severe thunderstorms will offer a risk for damaging gusts across the watch area through this evening. A supercell or two (predominantly over the MS/southwest TN) could pose a tornado risk as well, and isolated severe hail cannot be ruled out.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.

Weather Update – 3:00 p.m. – Monday, August 20th

After our first round of rain early this afternoon, we’ve seen the atmosphere become stable again, but as soon as the rain stopped, the sun started shining and now the heat is on! That sunshine will make the atmosphere very unstable this afternoon and evening bringing a potential for severe weather. BUT, the forecast is such that some areas could have severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and other areas could have no rain at all. Stay weather aware!

Showers and thunderstorms are moving toward and through the area bringing a potential for heavy rain and frequent lightning this afternoon and evening. The risk for severe weather is enhanced today – a level 3 out of 5 – with a potential for damaging winds and large hail. Under partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight, temperatures will drop to the upper 60s and lower 70s by sunrise Tuesday morning.

After a quiet and cloudy start tomorrow in West Tennessee, temperatures are expected to be cooler than today even with breaks of sunshine. Temperatures will warm up to the lower 80s under partly cloudy skies with a slight chance for a brief shower or two during the later hours of the morning through early evening so keep the umbrella handy! Tune into WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast, including a preview of Fall later this week, and keep up with Storm Team Weather online too for more updates!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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