Powerful storm, arctic front coming this weekend

Powerful storm, arctic front coming this weekend

(WAFF) - We now have a First Alert out for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

A powerful storm will march across the Tennessee Valley this weekend. Heavy rain will become widespread by Saturday afternoon and wind gusts within the rain could reach 40 to 50 mph. A few strong storms will be possible if the atmosphere becomes more unstable than we are currently forecasting.

We are expecting up to 2” of rain into Saturday evening. At this time we don’t anticipate any widespread flash flooding.

Behind the rain, a powerful arctic front will sweep across the area from west to east. Temperatures will fall overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. The official high for the day Sunday will occur in the morning.

Roads should have time to dry before black ice can form early Sunday, but this is something we will be keeping an eye on. We will have more confidence once the higher resolution models get into forecast range later this week.

A strong north wind at 15-25 mph will make it feel like the teens and single digits most of the day. A few snow flakes are possible, but we don’t expect enough to create any problems.

Monday will be cold with morning lows in the teens and afternoon highs just above freezing. Take time now to protect your property, livestock and pets due to this cold snap. Keep checking back for updates.

Wednesday looks nice with a high of 55. Thursday will be cloudy with shower and a high of 55. Friday will be nice with a south wind and highs near 60.

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