Severe storms likely overnight, but front not that cold - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Severe storms likely overnight, but front not that cold

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thunderstorms were expected across Tennessee overnight into Friday, but the cool front pushing them wasn't expected to cool down temperatures much.

Heavy rain and strong winds were reported Thursday night in parts of West Tennessee, but emergency officials reported no major property damage or injuries, though some trees were downed by winds.

Ripley was reportedly among the hardest hit. Much of West and Middle Tennessee was under a tornado watch Thursday night.

The National Weather Service in Nashville said trees and limbs were in danger of being brought down, especially drought-weakened trees.

Sam Herron, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Nashville, said some of the storms were likely to be severe as cooler air collides with warm, moist air already in place.

"It's not unusual that we have severe weather at this time of year," Herron said. "We call it our second severe weather season."

There was a predicted 100 percent chance of rain in some areas and Herron says at least some rainfall was expected statewide.

"Severe weather is possible anywhere," Herron said. "It's more probable in northwest areas where the winds will be the strongest and they'll still have a bit of heating from the day."

The weather system that's propelling the storms will move through north of Tennessee and temperature behind it won't be a lot cooler.

Predicted weekend high temperatures were expected to still be 5 degrees to 10 degrees above normal, ranging from the mid-70s to lower 80s.

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