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Nashville weather: Severe thunderstorm watch issued Friday night ahead of cool, sunny weekend

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 10/16/2021 Rachel Wegner and Natalie Neysa Alund, Nashville Tennessean
Middle Tennessee faces a risk of severe storms as a cold front moves in Friday, the NWS said. © National Weather Service Middle Tennessee faces a risk of severe storms as a cold front moves in Friday, the NWS said.

The National Weather Service in Nashville issued severe thunderstorm watch Friday night for greater Nashville and most of Middle Tennessee.

The watch went into effect about 6:45 p.m. and was slated to last through midnight.

"The primary threats for today and tonight are damaging straight-line winds and frequent lightning," the National Weather Service Nashville tweeted Friday. "Localized flooding is also possible. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out."

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"These storms will be moving quickly at night, so don't waste precious time going outside trying to verify there's a storm," NWS tweeted. "Stay away from windows, move inside, and if there's a tornado warning, go to the lowest floor putting as many walls between you and the outside as possible."

Storms were expected to roll into greater Nashville anywhere from 8-11 p.m., the NWS reported.

Much of the region, including Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Dickson, and Waverly, is under a slight risk (level two out of five) for severe weather, while Shelbyville and Crossville are under a marginal risk (level one out of five). 

As always, it is a good idea to have multiple ways to receive weather warnings, especially if you plan to be outdoors. You can get updates via push alerts to your phone through local media or "wake me up" storm apps, along with watching local TV news updates or tuning into a NOAA weather radio. 

It's also a good idea to have an emergency plan and designated "safe room" to shelter in during severe weather, along with emergency supplies like food, water, essential medicine, extra clothing and shoes, flashlights and batteries. 

"Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors!" NWS said. 

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Friday's storms and high of 80 will give way to sunny skies and fall temperatures for the weekend, with highs topping out in the mid-60s through Sunday. Overnight lows will dip into the mid-40s.

Nashville-area radar

Nashville forecast

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely after 8 a.m. and especially in the evening hours. Chance of precipitation 70%. High: 80; Low: 52

Saturday: Sunny. High: 65; Low: 43

Sunday: Sunny. High 67; Low: 44

Find reporter Rachel Wegner at rawegner@tennessean.com or on Twitter @rachelannwegner.

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