A tornado watch has been issued for 33 Tennessee counties, including Anderson, Campbell, Loudon, Knox, Morgan, Roane, Scott, and Union counties. The tornado watch remains in effect through 1 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service in Morristown has also issued a wind advisory through 9 p.m. today. The advisory said strong to damaging winds are possible across the southern Appalachians, including in Anderson, Knox, Roane, Scott, and Union counties. Damaging winds of more than 60 mph are possible.
Forecasters said severe thunderstorms are moving into the area ahead of a cold front this morning, with widespread damaging winds and isolated tornadoes possible. Widespread wind damage and tornadoes have been reported across western and middle Tennessee.
The National Weather Service said frequent lighting and heavy rainfall are also expected.
The forecast for Oak Ridge calls for showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4 p.m., then a chance of showers. The temperature should rise to about 68 by noon, then drop to around 59 for the rest of the day. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
There is a slight chance of snow showers between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Thursday morning as the low temperature drops to about 29. There is a chance of snow most nights through Tuesday.