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Lightning, hail and gusty winds: Tracking severe weather potential for tonight

Keep up to date with the latest severe weather outlook tonight into Wednesday morning in East Tennessee and SE Kentucky right here on WBIR.com.

***********SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TONIGHT: A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for East Tennessee, SE Kentucky and SW Virginia tonight. A strong cold front will arrive, bringing widespread showers and thunderstorms with moderate severe potential for damaging winds and hail, and chances for isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out**********

We are tracking a cold front that will bring us the chance for strong to severe storms tonight while most of us will be sleeping!

Ahead of the storm, it will be warm and windy. Highs pushing close to 80 degrees. There is a chance for a stray shower or two early on, but most will stay dry through the evening.

Tonight, though, you'll need to keep a close eye on the forecast and be alert there is severe weather potential. We are tracking a cold front that will bring an elevated chance for damaging wind, large hail, frequent lightning -- and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out!

What to know before severe weather strikes

TIMING:

11 p.m.- 1 a.m.: The Cumberland Plateau and the western Valley will be seeing the increase threat for severe storms.

1 a.m. - 3 a.m.: The Valley will be getting the brunt of the line of storms as it races across our area.

3 a.m. - 6 a.m.: The line of storms will be weakening as it pushes into the mountain counties.

PLEASE STAY WEATHER ALERT as you head off to bed tonight! Todd Howell and the 10Weather team will be tracking these storms into the overnight hours, so be sure to tune into The Nightbeat on 10News at 11 p.m. as the storms roll in!

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Consider purchasing a standalone weather alert radio to track severe weather updates in your area when the lights go out -- which you can generally find at Walmart, Amazon and many home improvement and hardware stores. You can also stay alert of severe weather with the WBIR Weather app (Apple/Android). We'll also post updates to social media all through the night.

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