Severe thunderstorms headed this way Wednesday afternoon

LOCAL NEWS — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Moore County on Wednesday morning. A strong line of storms is expected to move into our area this afternoon and then again late tonight and into Thursday morning.

The storms will be the result of a cold front moving through the Tennessee Valley. NWS predicts damaging winds, and large hail possibly up to two inches in diameter. There’s also a slight chance of tornado activity. The greatest chance for strong storm will be after midnight, so locals should check their weather radios and make sure they aren’t in “do not disturb” mode. For more information, visit the National Weather Service Facebook page or website. •

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Weather Service says Moore County should brace for severe weather on Tuesday

On Monday, water levels at Lynchburg’s Wiseman Park were already unusually high. More thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday. {A Lynchburg Times Photo}

LOCAL NEWS — The Huntsville National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook notice on Monday afternoon for Moore County. Locals should anticipate widespread thunderstorms associated with a northward moving warm front. NWS says that severe thunderstorms with large hail and gusty winds are possible. A second set of storms that could bring tornado activity could happen in the evening hours.

On Monday morning, the Mulberry Creek and it’s tributaries were already straining their banks. Metro officials issued high water warnings for Winchester Highway, Dick McGee Road, Highway 129 near Booneville, and Main Street. •

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Severe weather predicted for Thursday night

LOCAL NEWS — According to the National Weather Service office in Hunstville, significant thunderstorms could hit Moore County Thursday night. The local office issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook notice for Moore, Lincoln, and Franklin counties in Tennessee as well as several North Alabama counties on Thursday morning.

A storm system moving in from the north west will move into the area in the overnight hours and could bring with it a risk of severe thunderstorms and damaging wind gusts of 50-60 mph. With an already saturated ground, this would mean an increased risk of falling trees and downed power lines. Weather officials predict the worst storms will hit Lynchburg after 1 a.m.

Thunderstorms should continue through Friday morning as the cold front moves through but should end by late morning. To view the complete forecast, click here. •

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Snow possible late Wednesday in Moore County

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LOCAL NEWS —The last chance for Moore County student to do their snow dance could be here Wednesday night.

According to the National Weather Service Huntsville office, there’s a slight chance it could snow beginning late Wednesday night. Daytime highs should linger around 48 with 10-15 mile per hour (mph) winds. Gusts as high as 25 mph could make it feel much colder.

As the sun sets, temperature will drop below freezing and moisture will move into the area, which means there’s a slight chance of seeing snow in southern, middle Tennessee from 11 p.m. Wednesday to around 1 a.m. on Thursday. The National Weather Service estimates there is around a 30 percent chance and no accumulation is expected.

Even if we do get some snow, it won’t be around long. Daytime highs on Thursday will be back around 42.•

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Moore EMS and National Weather Service plan storm spotter class

LOCAL NEWS — Accurate weather forecasts don’t happen in a sterile office. National Weather Service (NWS) officials depend on a an army of volunteer storm spotters to report the ground truth in local communities, so it can be broadcast to the general public.

The Huntsville National Service Services office plans a SKYWARN Spotter Training class at the Metro Volunteer Fire Department at 1 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11.

Spotters generally come from all walks of life. Many community first responders volunteer their time but with the right training, amateur radio operators and even the general public can contribute. It’s a community’s first line of defense against dangerous storms. Without specific local information, model-based weather forecasts would be one dimensional.

The Metro Volunteer Fire Department is located at 301 Majors Boulevard. For more class information visit the NWS website by clicking here. •

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Breaking: Flash Flood Watch in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday

LOCAL NEWS — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of Northern Alabama as well as Moore, Franklin, and Lincoln counties in Tennessee until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. A watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, which can be a very dangerous situation.

Southern, middle Tennessee has received almost two inches of rain since Saturday and weather officials predict that heavy rains and thunderstorms will resume this afternoon and continue overnight. According to the rain gauge located at Tims Ford Dam, we’ve received almost five inches of rain so far this year. With the ground already saturated, this mean that run off may happen quickly leading to the potential for both rapidly rising and swiftly flowing flood waters.

Public safety officials remind Moore County resident to avoid flood waters. Flash flooding and rapidly rising water levels claim more lives each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard, according to the National Weather Service. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just two feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. Local officials say it is never safe to drive or walk in flood waters and most people underestimate the dangers. Remember, turn around. Don’t drown. •

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