Weather Authority Forecast

Dangerous Flash Flooding expected tonight

An extremely dangerous weather situation is possible Friday night into Saturday morning with flash flooding in Middle Tennessee.

By Saturday night, damaging severe thunderstorms with strong wind and potential tornadoes.

As of this morning, Nashville has recored it's fourth wettest February on record with a likelyhood at reaching or beating out the top spot. Currently, the wettest Febuary in Nashville history is 12.37 inches in 1880. Not only will additional rain Friday increase current flooding issues, but even heavier precipitation is in the forecast. 

During the day Friday, rain will be heavy at times but additional flooding is not expected. However, be mindful that ponding on the roads will slow down traffic and there can still be water covering secondary roads from previous weather systems earlier this week.

An increased risk of flash flooding occurs Friday night into Saturday morning as extremely heavy rain enters the region. Around sunrise Saturday, rainfall rates could rage from one to three inches per hour. Areas that flooded on Wednesday will likely flood again and get worse. In addition, river flooding can occur in some spots.

Flash flooding could be a problem. It's best to have a plan in place today ahead of Saturday's potentially dangerous situation. If you are a farmer, have a plan for your cattle, make sure your pets are safe and stay indoors. Furthermore, never enter a flooded roadway. You never know how deep the water really is and what could be in the water.

A break in the rain occurs midday Saturday as temperatures rise to the 70s. However, this can be another problem as the atmosphere becomes more unstable. Storms line up over the Tennessee River around 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, heads to I-65, including Nashville between 6 to 9 p.m., then to the Plateau past 9 p.m.

These storms may generate torrential downpours leading to additional flooding, strong wind gusts in excess of 50 to 60 mph, small hail, frequent lightning and even isoalted tornadoes.

During this time, be on high guard and weather alert. The News 2 Weather Authority Team will keep you updated with the latest information.

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