The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is warning of a slight risk of severe weather across much of the Midwest and the Mid-South on Wednesday, including the northern Cumberland Plateau.
The SPC, based out of Norman, Okla., is staffed by meteorologists specializing in severe weather across the nation. The agency is responsible for issuing severe weather outlooks and products such as severe thunderstorm watches and tornado watches. Warnings for storms are issued by the National Weather Service's field offices.
According to the SPC, daytime heating will help intensify a line of storms that is expected to dip southward into southern Kentucky and Tennessee by Wednesday evening. Specifically, the SPC is forecasting a 15 percent chance of damaging winds and large hail.
The NWS's field office in Morristown, which forecasts weather for Scott County and the northern plateau, is forecasting a 30 percent chance of isolated or scattered thunderstorms during the day, with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night.
A hazardous weather outlook issued by the Morristown office highlights the possibility of damaging wind gusts and large hail with the line of storms Wednesday night, along with locally heavy rains that could result in minor flooding in low-lying areas.