WVLT WEATHER ALERT: Gusty to evening strong storms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- We have warm, humid, windy conditions out ahead of an approaching cold front.

Strong to severe storms will reach our area this evening into tonight, but know that it will hit Middle Tennessee to West and Central Kentucky this afternoon. An important note for those traveling to the Nashville and Murfreesboro areas to watch college and high school basketball tournaments.

Look for southerly winds to run from 10 to 25 mph with gusts around 40 plus miles per hour. Higher gusts on hilltops can be expected, which is why there are Wind Advisories for the Plateau to parts of Northeast Tennessee, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Smoky Mountains.

Due to the fact that our soil is saturated, any period of strong winds or wind gusts could put added stress on trees and tree roots and possibly power lines.

This evening is when batches of storms move in, and bring in their own damaging wind potential. While multiple thunderstorms are likely, isolated storms could reach the stronger to severe storm status, which is when they include stronger gusts and/or damaging hail.

The total amount of rain to expect is average a half an inch to 1 inch of rain by Friday morning. We'll have isolated spots receive much higher rainfall, due to the isolated nature of the stronger storms.

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