A potential severe weather and heavy rainfall event is likely Monday through Monday night, according to a special weather state released Friday at 4 p.m. by the National Weather Service.
As a strong low pressure system moves through the lower Great Lakes region Monday and Monday night, a strong cold front is expected to move through the area. Ahead of this cold front afternoon high temperatures will warm to near 80 degrees at most locations... mid 70s plateau... with a moist and increasingly unstable airmass expected to be in place. by Monday afternoon.
Also, surface and low level winds are expected to be very strong. This potential weather pattern will set the stage for a potential widespread strong to severe thunderstorm development across the mid state with the potential of these thunderstorms forming into a well organized line segment and even the possibility of supercells forming ahead and within this line segment also.
This could bring the possibility of a widespread damaging wind event with large hail to the mid state. A few tornadoes could also be possible.
Along with the severe thunderstorms... heavy rainfall and flash flooding could also be possible... with rainfall amounts of between one and three inches. Localized amounts above three inches can also not be ruled out in areas that experience repeated thunderstorm activity Monday through Monday night.
The exact timing and strength of this storm system still remains uncertain. However, residents across middle Tennessee and those who will be traveling in and out of middle Tennessee Monday through Monday night should keep aware of this potentially developing severe weather situation. Please also stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and your local media outlets for the latest updates on this potential developing severe weather outbreak across middle Tennessee Monday through Monday night.