Chance of showers tonight; storm with damaging winds, hail possible Wednesday

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are expected for drivers' commutes home Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Ahead of the system warm moist high-dewpoint air will flow into IL and IN on the nose of a destabilizing low-level wind jet, creating a environment ripe for the development of severe thunderstorm squall lines that may produce damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes.

Folks across eastern parts of the country will want to keep a close eye on the forecast as severe thunderstorms take aim at the region.

Wednesday will be very warm with highs hitting the upper 70s, but with an approaching cold front, winds will increase through the day and we will see thunderstorms late in the day. Rain totals will be less than 0.25-inches for most locations. Some of the storms could be severe. Damaging winds from thunderstorms can be as strong as 50 to 70 miles per hour and are capable of knocking down trees.

The risk for severe thunderstorms continues Wednesday for areas farther east. "Locally heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning with the strong winds are expected to affect a large area of north and central Georgia".

Weather service meteorologist Todd Barron said the biggest threat will be straight-line winds that could produce damage.

High risk areas include: Nashville, TN, Birmingham, AL, Knoxville, TN, Huntsville, AL, Chattanooga, TN.

The severe threat is expected to end from northwest to southwest this evening, with the line of storms moving south of an Americus to Dublin line after 1 a.m.

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