Severe Weather Threat Sunday - 07/27/14

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.  Just wanted to write up a quick post to update on the severe weather threat for this afternoon. 

A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for the NE portion of our viewing area, until 7pm. 

As of 2pm, storms will firing in southern and eastern Kentucky, just outside the FOX17 viewing area.  These storms are ahead of the cold front that is expected to push through our viewing area this evening.  Storms this afternoon have been "capped" or held back by some warm air aloft, so we should remain hot and humid for the next few hours.  I expect the cold front to arrive in our southern Kentucky counties early this evening and push south through middle Tennessee tonight.  With all the heat and humidity, the atmosphere is primed for strong storms, so when storms do develop later watch for them to intensify quickly.  Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threats, but a few tornadoes can't be ruled out.

Storms will push south of the viewing area by midnight as cool, dry air filters in.  We're in for a treat of a week with highs in the low 80s and unseasonably dry conditions.

 

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