FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY will continue through Friday: 'Particularly risky situation'

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY will continue through Friday: 'Particularly risky situation'

The National Weather Service has issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch until 10 p.m.

The WSFA First Alert Weather Team has declared a First Alert Weather Day in anticipation of widespread heavy rain and strong to severe thunderstorms.

A flood flood watch was issued late Friday afternoon for Walker County and the surrounding area, effective from 7 a.m. today (Saturday) until 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

During a Thursday briefing with local emergency agency officials, weather service meteorologists said they are anxious the rainy system may slow once it arrives in the Shoals, bringing continuous rainfall throughout the day.

A Tornado Watch is now in effect for much of the KQ2 viewing area.

The National Weather Service, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state, county and local agencies have come together to host Severe Weather Awareness Week activities. The main event is looking to be from 4 through 9 p.m.

"The line of severe weather remains west of Charlotte at this time", said Wilmoth.

Once the storms move east of the metro, they are expected to form a line, making damaging winds a bigger threat.

He also is anxious the forecast includes the chances of storms overnight tonight when many people are asleep.

The Weather Service said Madison should see rain and more rain Friday and Saturday, before the rain starts to switch to a rain/snow/freezing rain mix on Sunday.

Wind gusts were expected to be around 40 miles per hour late Sunday night into early Monday morning and then diminish throughout the day, he said.