Storm 5 Alert: Strong storms moving through Middle Tennessee through Sat. evening

Two rounds over the next two days
Tornado Watch for January 1 2022
Posted at 5:11 PM, Dec 29, 2021
and last updated 2022-01-01 20:05:24-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — December has been a relentlessly active month for Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, and unfortunately another round of strong to severe storms looks possible to start the new year.

Much of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky are now under a tornado watch until 6 p.m.

Our meteorologists issued a Storm 5 Alert to welcome the near year with damaging wind, heavy flooding rain and isolated tornadoes all possible. The alert will last from 10 p.m. Friday until 10 p.m. Saturday.


A lull is expected from sunrise to lunchtime Saturday.

Wave #2: 12 p.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Saturday — This is the greatest risk for severe weather. A line of storms will bring the threat for strong wind and tornadoes. A heavy rain/flood threat exists here also. A good 1-3 inches of rain is expected, although some could see as much as 5 plus inches.


Friday night scattered storms are expected to develop mainly along and North of Interstate 40. Overnight Friday into Saturday the storms will sink down into Tennessee setting the stage for a stormy first day of 2022.


Saturday will be an all-day soaker with a good 1"-2" of rain expected. Some spots could see as much as 3 to 4 inches of rain by the time it winds down Sunday morning.


As the rain ends, the temperatures will tumble quickly bringing more typical winter temperatures back into the area by Sunday morning. Some snow may mix in briefly Sunday morning and early afternoon, but nothing is expected to stick. The ground should be too warm and too wet for any accumulating snowfall.

By Monday we'll all be shivering in the 20s as the weather reminds us that it is indeed winter and not spring despite what it's felt like lately.