Damaging severe thunderstorms possible Saturday evening

As if the flooding rainfall isn't enough, conditions are growing increasingly favorable for dangerous severe thunderstorms Saturday evening.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 10:23 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 10:23 PM

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chief meteorologist stephen bowers here with a look at the forecast. a rainy pattern that has brought between five and seven inches of rain to the tennessee valley since last friday will be capped off with a risk for destructive severe thunderstorms saturday evening. this system will finally cause a large-scale weather pattern shift that will give us a chance to dry out, but it doesn't happen without some fanfare. more heavy rain falls on friday first we have to get through another rain-filled day on friday. widepsread rain can fall heavily at times. that heavy rain will reduce visibility and leave ponding of water on our roads. more flooding is possible, and the rivers will continue rising. the latest information on river flood warnings is available at waaytv.com at the top of the page. driving will be dangerous. remember to never try to drive through flood waters. that can be a deadly mistake. it puts your own life at risk, and it also risks the lives of your rescuers. along with the river flooding, flash flooding is also possible. a flash flood watch is in effect until 6 am saturday for all of the waay 31 coverage area in north alabama and southern middle tennessee. while we will have areas of heavy rain around through the morning, breaks can become more common after the noon hour on friday. occasional rain can continue falling through friday, friday night and saturday. then an organized line of strong to severe thunderstorms will march from west to east across the tennessee valley saturday evening. once that line of storms exits east into georgia around midnight saturday night, we will set up for a string of dry days. damaging severe thunderstorms possible saturday evening based on new data thursday evening, conditions appear favorable for damaging winds over 70 mph, a couple of brief tornadoes, and destructive hail. trees will not hold up well in the saturated and weakend ground, so they will topple with little effort from the wind. if thanks, stephen. we'll check back in with you later in the show.
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