Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Today marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week 2009. This is a week set aside for you to double check your severe weather safety plan and a time for you to ask us any questions regarding weather hazards. Each day will be highlighted by a specific type of severe weather and today’s topic is the Severe Thunderstorm. Remember that all storms contain deadly lightning but a severe storm contains hail ¾ inch in diameter, winds at or above 58 mph, and/or tornadoes. Even though tornadoes may be considered the prime threat, remember that severe thunderstorms can produce damage similar to that of a tornado. If you have any questions always feel free to email your Home Team or place your question in the blog column comments section.

Our weather has been gorgeous today, with lots of sunshine. It has been on the chilly side and I do expect lows in the 20s tonight. We will have a few clouds tonight and tomorrow more clouds will lift into the state. I can’t rule out a few showers over portions of western Tennessee and north Mississippi. We will remain dry tomorrow and by Wednesday there could be a stray shower in the area. There may also be a stray shower over the area on Thursday. The good thing is that on Thursday we will have a nice warm-up, with highs near 70 degrees.

A low pressure system will be passing to our north on Friday and this system will swing a cold front into the state. I’m expecting the front to bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms to our area late. I’m not expecting severe storms at this time due to the main dynamics lifting well north, although I will be keeping a close eye on the setup. By Saturday the front will be stalling with a good chance for rain. There may be a couple of rainy periods, with cooler temperatures on Saturday. The front will retreat northward as a southerly flow redevelops on Sunday and this will set the stage for a slow warm-up, with a few showers possible. Have a great evening!

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Wes WyattWVUA Chief Meteorologist