Tornado watch until 7:00 p.m., strong to severe thunderstorms possible

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A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for several counties along and west of I-65 until 7:00 p.m. CDT.

A few isolated, rotating tornadoes will be possible as a cold front moves through the area. A line of fast-moving rain showers and thunderstorms will move through the Tennessee Valley this afternoon and evening, bringing a threat of strong to severe thunderstorms. Threats tonight will include damaging straight-line wind gusts, locally heavy rain, frequent lightning and brief tornadoes. A WIND ADVISORY is also in effect for all counties until 7:00 p.m. For sustained winds between 15 and 25 miles per hour, please secure all loose outdoor items, including Halloween decorations. The severe threat will quickly come to an end tonight as the front moves east and temperatures rapidly drop into the 40s and 50s.

Skies will gradually clear overnight with generally fair skies expected early Wednesday. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cooler with highs remaining in the mid 60s. Thursday will bring more sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures in the lower 70s. Another cold front will move in late Friday, bringing another shot to scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Rain showers appear to be possible on Saturday and Sunday, although the weekend does not appear to be a total washout. A few showers could also persist early Monday morning. Halloween Monday will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s.

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