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Seasonal temperatures, but increasing rain chances late Tuesday through early Wednesday

Temperatures this week should be a bit more seasonal for the middle of February. Some rain should move in late Tuesday through the first half of Wednesday.

(IMAGE GALLERY ABOVE: #1. CLOUDY TUESDAY WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN IN SPOTS DURING THE AFTERNOON........#2. TUESDAY AFTERNOON HIGHS IN THE 50S.....#3, A BETTER SHOWER CHANCE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.......#4. A BIT COOLER WEDNESDAY WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 40S TO LOWER 50S.)

CLOUDY VALENTINE'S DAY

A chilly start to the day with morning temperatures in the mid 30s. Clouds should continue to move in through the day. Temperatures by mid afternoon should reach the mid 50s along with a light southerly breeze. A few sprinkles or patchy light rain is possible during the afternoon, especially north. But, the better rain chances should be during the evening and overnight hours of Tuesday Night. This should mainly be a rain event for our viewing area. But, the higher peaks of the Smokies could have some accumulating snow through Wednesday Morning.

WET START TO WEDNESDAY

Showers from the overnight hours should continue through Wednesday Morning. Most of this activity should end by midday. Rainfall amounts should average 0.50" or less. The rest of the day should be breezy and a bit cooler with afternoon temperatures holding in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Temperatures for Wednesday Night should drop below freezing in the upper 20s to near 30 by Thursday Morning.

DRIER & WARMER LATE WEEK

Some sunshine returns for Thursday with afternoon highs in the lower 50s. Sunny and warmer Friday with afternoon highs nearing 60. Low temperatures both mornings in the 30s.

WARMER WEEKEND

The President's Day weekend looks warmer each day with low 60s Saturday, then mid 60s Sunday. There is a slight chance for a few showers Saturday, otherwise partly cloudy, then more sun on Sunday. President's Day Monday looks partly sunny with an afternoon high in the upper 60s.

ANYTHING WINTRY AHEAD?

Well, not much for the next 7 days. The only exception as mentioned above, being the chance for some snow at the higher peaks of the Smokies Tuesday Night and early Wednesday. The weather pattern through early next week does not look wintry locally. It's worth reminding, that even though it has been warm, it is still Winter. So, as late February turns to March, there remains the possibility that a wintry system could still happen. Everyone remembers the blizzard of 1993 which occurred on March 12-13 of that year. But, there have been several occasions in our past when snow has fallen in early March. Here is a bit of snow trivia.......The latest date in Chattanooga when accumulating snow has occurred - April 25, 1910 with 4.1" of snow!

You can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!

David Glenn

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