Severe Weather Warnings Expire for Rutherford County


UPDATE: March 25, 8:54pm

The tornado warning for Rutherford County will be crossing I-24 in the next 10 to 20 minutes.

UPDATE: March 25, 8:44pm

UPDATE: March 25, 8:26pm

The tornado threat has passed to the east of La Vergne and Smyrna. Residents in these areas are no longer under a tornado threat. Radar continues to indicate that a tornado could develop any time near the Speedway. If you live east of this area in southern Wilson County, take shelter immediately!

UPDATE: March 25, 6:50pm

NWS Update:

“While storms remain tame for now, our atmosphere remains very ready and prepped for severe weather. Tornado watch remains for the area until 11 PM. This includes all of Middle Tennessee. We will give the all clear when we can, but now is not the time to let our guard down. Keep those cell phones charged and have a way to receive warnings going into the evening hours.”

severe weather threat continues
photo: NWS

UPDATE: March 25, 4:00pm

A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of middle Tennessee (including Rutherford County) from 3:45pm – 11pm on Thursday, March 25.

tornado watch area
photo: NWS

A Wind Advisory is still in effect from 4pm Thursday until 4am Friday and a Flash Flood Watch is still in effect until 1am Friday.

UPDATE: March 25, 2:25pm

NWS Update:

“The earlier showers and storms have obviously moved out of the area and we are left with some partial sunshine and relatively mild air. This is helping to destabilize the atmosphere for additional storms later on. At this time, the short-range models are showing storms moving northeastward into Middle Tennessee from northern Mississippi and Alabama after 3 p.m. and then spreading across the remainder of the mid state during the next several hours. So be on the lookout for an additional Tornado Watch for Middle Tennessee should one be forthcoming.”

UPDATE: March 25, 12:30pm

NWS has updated the timing of the storm (see graphic below).

Again, the main threats are damaging winds, flash flooding and tornadoes.

severe weather outlook march 25 revised
photo: NWS

Severe weather, including the potential for tornadoes, golf ball-sized hail, damaging winds in excess of 60mph and flash flooding, is expected in the middle Tennessee area Thursday afternoon and evening.

Currently, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 1 am Friday and Wind Advisory is in effect from 4pm Thursday until 4 am Friday

Here’s What You Need to Know

*updates from NWS

  • Non-severe showers and thunderstorms have already moved into southern portions of Middle TN.
  • Most of middle Tennessee is in the “Moderate Risk”
  • Two rounds of severe weather is expected – The first starts this afternoon around 1 pm, west of I-65. These storms could contain strong, long-track tornadoes, large hail and could produce flash flooding.
  • This first round hinges on whether the rains last longer than expected. If they stick around until mid-afternoon (which we don’t expect), this will reduce the likelihood of afternoon severe weather. However, if they end and the sun comes out, this will only act to enhance the severe weather threat between 1 pm and about 6 pm this afternoon. If these storms start to develop, this is when we could see the stronger, long-track tornadoes occur. The best location for this to occur is south of I-40 and west of I-65. Large hail and localized flash flooding is also possible.
  • The second round is expected between 6 pm and 11 pm CDT. This would consist of a broken line of intense thunderstorms that will present the possibility of damaging straight line winds (65+ mph), multiple tornadoes and flash flooding and these threats will be for ALL of Middle TN
severe weather outlook march 25
photo: NWS

Be Prepared

Before severe weather hits, review severe weather preparedness.


Detailed Forecast Through Saturday:

Showers likely, then showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. High near 74. Windy, with a south southeast wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Thursday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 30 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West southwest wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Light south southeast wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night
Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 56. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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