Mild & rainy, then drier & colder by Christmas Day
Winter has begun, though it may not feel like it! But, that will change by Christmas Eve. However, we've got another round of rain before we reach Christmas Eve and Day.
SHOWERS RETURN FRIDAY & CONTINUE SATURDAY
Another cloudy and warmer than average day for December. Morning temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s, then reaching the upper 50s during the afternoon. Scattered showers should gradually move back in from the west & southwest. Though not an all day rain, there will be some showers to dodge at times. The coverage should gradually pick up through the afternoon, especially over the northern half of the viewing area.
As a cold front slowly moves closer to our viewing area, we can expect the coverage of rain to increase late Friday Night and into Saturday. This cold front should cause some heavy rain over west and middle Tennessee where Flood Watches are in effect through Saturday. Our best chance for heavy rain locally should be Saturday Morning and into early afternoon as the cold front moves through. The rain should taper off from west to east by late afternoon and into the evening hours.
Saturday should again be mild with afternoon highs in the upper 50s. But, as the cold front moves through, expect falling temperatures from west to east during the course of the afternoon. By sunset, most local spots should be in the 40s.
COLDER FOR CHRISTMAS
Temperatures by Christmas Eve morning should drop to the upper 30s to lower 40s. Morning clouds, then a mix of clouds and sun with afternoon temperatures in the upper 40s (near 50 south). Now, as an upper level system moves by to our north, there could be just enough forcing to allow for some sprinkles/lt rain Christmas Eve Sunday Afternoon. But, as colder air rushes in, areas along the Cumberland Plateau might get a period of flurries late day and into Christmas Eve Night. Those flurries could become snow showers at the higher peaks of the Smokies. So, there could be some snowflakes locally, but mainly along the higher terrain and does not appear to be a problem for traveling. The rest of the viewing area looks dry and colder through Christmas Day.
Temperatures by Christmas Morning should drop into the mid/upper 20s. Then, only in the upper 30s to lower 40s through the afternoon.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!