ALERT DAY THURSDAY: Showers and storms become likely through the latter part of the morning as a strong front pushes into the area. A few of storms could be strong to severe – main threats coming from heavy rainfall and strong winds, even outside of any storms. A brief, spin-up tornado can’t be ruled out. The primary timeline look to be between 11 AM – 8 PM Thursday. Rainfall totals could end up around 2-4" with locally heavier amounts.
FRIDAY: The bulk of the rain will come to an end by mid-morning – with clouds clearing for the afternoon period. Highs will be in the 60s a lighter northwest wind. Clouds will begin to thicken up again overnight with a chance for a few showers by early Saturday morning.
EXTENDED FORECAST: The front that brings the potential of strong storms Thursday will stall nearby, keeping periods of rain and cloudiness in place into the weekend. Temperatures will dip into the 50s Saturday; warmer air sneaks back into the area through Sunday and Monday, pushing highs into the 60s amid rain and storm chances. Rain chances will taper a bit into Tuesday, the first day of 2019 with cooler temperatures, in the 50s again.
WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist
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