We ended the weekend on a gloomy and damp note. Fog and drizzle came with cool temperatures Sunday. Heading into the evening winds began picking up out of the southeast as a potent storm began taking shape to the west.
The storm will generate widespread strong winds with storms late tonight and even after the storms are long gone Monday morning.
A weakening line of storms will sweep across I-49 near or shortly after midnight, crossing Hwy. 65 near 2am. The line will continue to slowly weaken as it races east of Hwy. 63 after 3am.
The line is expected to bring a widespread round of winds in the 55 to 65 mph range as the line crosses the area. There could be locally higher gusts near 70 mph, mainly west of Hwy. 65.
The limited instability will work to greatly minimize the tornado threat, but the risk won’t be zero. That said, the risk looks very low locally.
The National Weather Service has issued a WIND ADVISORY that will run until Monday at noon. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph out of the west are expected with gusts up to 50 mph.
Sunnier weather will develop Monday and extend through Wednesday with temperatures remaining mild for late February and early March.
Temperatures will trend lower again late this week. Another storm will move through the region Thursday into Friday, generating widespread rain from Thursday into Friday morning. There is also a risk for a changeover to wet snow early Friday. It’s too early to pin down the details, but models are trending in this direction, and accumulating snow may be on the table for parts of the area.