Updates added/updated as it becomes available.
*Updated 12:07am Saturday*
12:05am – as the storms weaken, moving into our colder air, report updates will be filed Saturday morning on the Saturday Update page
11:39pm – Tornado Watch for Johnson County TN is now cancelled
11:35pm – Getting first reports of thunder in the area now. Thunder and lightning in Beaver Dam
11:32pm – The shower have now made their way to the NC/TN stateline.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 3/2/2012 11:22 PM to 3/3/2012 12:00 AM EST for Avery County.
11:21pm -Tornado Warning for Grayson County Va has expired
11:11pm – We are still in line for showers and storms BUT one of the pros for us tonight is that the storms are taking so long to get here, they are losing some steam. But make no mistake that we could still get heavy rain and thunderstorms tonight.
10:56pm – Tornado Watch for Avery County until 5am Saturday morning
10:54pm – Tornado Watch for Johnson County, TN has just been extended until midnight
10:52pm – Tornado Warning for Grayson County Va still up until 11pm
10:45pm – Tornado Warning for Johnson County, TN has expired, a Tornado Watch is still up until 11pm
Tornado Warning for Grayson, Smyth [VA] till 11:00 PM EST
Tornado Warning from 3/2/2012 9:45 PM to 10:45 PM EST for Johnson County.
Overturned truck at the Ingles in Murphy, NC. Pic from Shannon Christy on Facebook. Pic here
9:02pm – Seeing twitter reports that a Big Lots in Murphy, NC in southwest NC has been destroyed by a tornado.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 3/2/2012 8:44 PM to 9:45 PM EST for Avery County.
Continues to be windy across the mtns tonight. Wind gust have been in the 20plus mph range since 6:15pm at Watauga Medical Center reporting stations
7:52pm – From Johnson County TN Emergency Management facebook page – The Mountain City Elementary School has been opened for anyone that would like to go there until all these storms pass. We are not under any warnings at this time. Stay tuned to weather radio and local media for the latest
Video update from Brad Panovich, WCNC NewsChannel 36 Chief Meteorologist.
It is looking more like storms will arrive in the mtns 9-10pm
7:20pm – Storms are still to our west in middle Tennessee, still expecting showers and storms here tonight.
6:15pm – NOAA is reporting that there has been 163 tornado warnings as of 610pET.
Avery & Caldwell under Tornado Watch until 11pm
Johnson County TN schools are closing at 1:30pm due to the weather. Information per Johnson County schools website
Video update from Brad Panovich, WCNC NewsChannel 36 Chief Meteorologist, Twitter Facebook
Tornado Watch from 3/2/2012 12:13 PM to 4:00 PM EST for Johnson County, TN.
Tornado Warnings are out for southwest Virginia including Bristol.
SPSGSP from 3/2/2012 11:14 AM to 3/3/2012 7:00 AM EST for Avery County: SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED
New event. Areal Flood Watch from 3/2/2012 12:00 PM to 3/3/2012 4:00 AM EST for Johnson County TN
10:40am – Things are picking up already in parts of TN and Alabama. Tornado Watches and Warnings are already being issued. If you are traveling into Central or East TN today make sure you are weather aware.
National Weather Service video briefing Friday morning.
NWS forecast as of Friday morning 9:30am:
Today…Cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Rain showers likely…mainly this afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Tonight…Thunderstorms likely. Showers. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Saturday…Mostly cloudy with showers likely in the morning… Then partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Breezy with highs around 50. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph in the morning. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night…Partly cloudy. Much cooler with lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Sunday…Partly sunny in the morning…then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Breezy and cooler with highs in the upper 30s. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.