Thursday afternoon, forecaster David Hotz of the National Weather Service in Morristown hosted a statewide webinar for emergency managers.
According to his predictions, “Another strong line of thunderstorms is expected to develop across West and Middle Tennessee and move east into the area Friday evening. Damaging winds and large hail up to golf ball size are a main concern. Isolated tornadoes are possible.”
Hotz also indicated heavy rain could produce localized flash flooding conditions.
Daily briefings have become common this week at the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency.
According to data provided by the NWS, Bradley County could experience rain and gusty conditions by noon today with the most severe conditions occurring from around 4 until 9 p.m.
A warm front will move across the region, bringing a warm and moist air mass into the area. Southerly winds will increase this afternoon ahead of a cold front predicted to approach from mid-state, setting up the dynamics of the storm system which could become severe.
According to a NWS Special Weather Statement, those dynamics are favorable “for the development of ‘super cells’ capable of producing very large hail and long-lived tornadoes. These ‘super cells’ should develop by late afternoon.”
SkyWarn weather spotters are likely to be activated this afternoon and evening.
CBCEMA director Troy Spence said Thursday his office is monitoring the possibility of severe weather.
“We encourage everyone with a cellphone or computer to join us at nixle.com. This is one of the most valuable public safety information tools we have. Text to 888777 and in text body, CBCEMA.
Information posted by EMA crosses with Twitter and Facebook as well.
“We can’t emphasize enough these free public safety services watch and warning systems. Residents have purchased weather radios, but sometimes they are not with their radios. They may be out shopping. One can monitor conditions and alerts ‘on the go,’” Spence said.
The CBCEMA website can be accessed by going to www.bradleyco.net.