A Significant Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory as severe weather is expected to occur in Middle Tennessee this afternoon and tonight.
The advisory noted that “An intense and slow-moving storm system will bring the potential for severe weather to the Mid-state through Tuesday.”
“The good news is the rain we had this morning has cooled the atmosphere enough to delay the severe weather threat for us,” said Stephen Spencer, planning division chief for Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. “This does not mean we will not see severe weather, but the likelihood will come later this evening.”
The advisory issued earlier by the NWS said “Strong, long-tracked tornadoes are possible, and damaging straight-line winds and large hail will be likely,” the advisory said.
Look for a repeat on Tuesday, as the same storm system may bring additional severe weather to include damaging straight-line winds and hail.
Officials have announced that schools in surrounding counties – Rutherford, Williamson, DeKalb and Smith – will close early today due to the severe weather threat. All after-school activities in Wilson County – ballgames, practices – have been cancelled, but schools in Wilson are expected to let out at their regular times.
“For schools,” Spencer said, “I think the threat for the remainder of the school day will be more flash flooding than severe weather. We are not under any flash flood warnings at this time, but driver discretion should be used.
“WEMA weather operations will continue activation until the threat of severe weather passes,” he added.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 11 p.m., Monday. Rainfall amounts are expected to be 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts possible.
“Heavy rains today and tonight will saturate the soils, and any additional heavy rains on Tuesday will increase the risk of run-off and potential river and stream flooding as well,” the advisory said.
“The time to prepare for severe weather is now,” the statement said. “Check your NOAA Weather Radio for fresh batteries and have a plan in place for you and your family to follow, and be ready to take quick action if a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area,” it added.
In addition to NOAA Weather Radio, you can also check for weather updates through commercial TV and radio, the Internet and social media. For more information, visit www.srh.noaa.gov/ohx/.