Stay Safe: Severe weather forecast for Easter Sunday

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Severe weather is possible for Easter Sunday! A low-pressure system and associated warm front will be the driving force behind Sunday’s heavy rain and potential thunderstorms.

As of right now, much of our area is under a level 3 out of 5 risk for severe weather, with a level 2 risk for downtown Knoxville and points East. A level 4 out of 5, or high risk, is to our Southwest where long-track tornadoes and severe storms look likely.

Showers will begin Sunday morning across the area with rain becoming heavier and steadier as the day progresses. There could be a brief break or two midday Sunday before more ingredients come together and heavy rain and thunderstorms develop. A few of these storms could be strong to severe, especially Sunday night. Damaging winds and heavy rain appear to be the main threats although a few tornadoes will be possible as well. Localized and flash flooding will also be possible Sunday. Flash Flood Watches go into effect later today and extend through Monday.

At this point, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Sunday evening, with another line of storms possible overnight Sunday into Monday morning.

Winds will also be extremely gusty over the Smokies and a High Wind Warning goes into effect later this morning and extends through Monday. A Wind Advisory will also go into effect for our entire area later today. Damaging winds could bring down trees and power lines.

Stay up-to-date and have a way to receive weather alerts on Sunday! Also know where to go in case a warning gets issued for your area!

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