Severe Weather Likely Tuesday for Rutherford Co., Including Damaging Winds & Tornadoes (Schools Closing 3-hours Early)

Apr 01, 2024 at 08:56 pm by Rutherford Weather

Severe storms are now very likely for all of Middle Tennessee Tuesday. Rutherford County and much of the midstate are under an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5). That has led Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools to dismiss 3-hours early Tuesday.

Nashville National Weather Service Meteorologist Sam Herron all modes of severe weather are possible:

The Storm Prediction Center has raised the risk for tornadoes in our area, with a 10% chance of a tornado anywhere in the enhanced risk, some significant. Damaging straight line winds and hail are also a big concern.

Herron says storm modes may initially start as cells but should evolve:

Storms are also expected to be moving quickly:

If supercells are able to stay isolated for a couple of hours, a long track tornado cannot be ruled out.

Herron adds the one point of uncertainty with this event is the coverage of morning activity. If the morning wave is more widespread, storms may take longer to initiate in the afternoon and be limited to the eastern half/third of Middle Tennessee.

But now is the time to prepare:

Be sure to have a way to receive watches and warnings and stay close to a reliable source of weather information. Another great tip is to enable your wireless emergency alerts from your cell phone.

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