Storm 5 Alert: 2-4 inches of rain expected through Saturday

Posted at 10:00 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 01:18:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Storm 5 Alert has been issued for Friday and Saturday in anticipation of a cold front bringing flooding and severe weather to the mid-state.

The Storm Prediction Center has already put most of the area in an enhanced risk – giving us a 30 percent chance of seeing severe weather.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday night. Flooding is the main threat Friday and Saturday with 2"-4" expected with local amounts up to 5" of rain.

The strong cold front will also bring a severe weather threat Saturday night, which could include damaging straight-line winds and a few isolated tornadoes.

With rivers high and smaller rivers/streams out of their banks, several schools closed on Thursday and Friday. The water will recede a bit, but it won't take much rain to bring rivers out of their banks again.

Most gauges on the Cumberland River are just below flood stage, but the river is high and that means low lying areas are inundated.

Stay up to date with the latest weather developments on the Storm 5 weather page. You can also check radar here.