Soak up the warmth now as the Winter chills return this weekend
Temperatures in Chattanooga reached the 60s for the first time since December 23rd. But, enjoy it now as much colder air returns late Friday and into the weekend. Along with that some downpours and even some wintry weather chances to watch.
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STILL WARM THURSDAY
A cloudy sky and unseasonably warm again Thursday. Morning temperatures should be in the 50s (40s away from city) and back into the lower 60s by the afternoon. While you won't need the heavy coats for Thursday, you will need an umbrella at times. Some off and on scattered showers are possible. Rainfall amounts do not appear to be excessive or heavy on Thursday. But, a bit more widespread over the Blue Ridge Mtn portion of our viewing area east. Thursday Night should again be mild with temperatures holding steady in the 50s with some off and on scattered showers. Otherwise, a cloudy sky.
FALLING RAINDROPS & TEMPERATURE FRIDAY
A strong area of low pressure moving out of the lower Mississippi Valley should bring an increased coverage of heavier showers to our viewing area Friday. Some heavier downpours are possible through midday and afternoon. There could also be some thunder at times! Rainfall amounts could average between 0.50"-0.75".
The exact track of the low pressure system over our viewing area should determine if we receive some wintry weather late day and Friday Night. Our RPM Model suggests that the "Low" should track over Chattanooga through the afternoon which could mean mainly rain. If that scenario occurs, then any wintry weather locally would be limited to the Cumberland Plateau and higher elevations north and west. Some light snow showers and flurries through Friday Night and Saturday Morning, but accumulations minimal. The European Model shows a track of the "Low" a tad east, which suggests that a larger part of our viewing area could have some snow showers Friday Night and Saturday Morning allowing for up to an inch over the north and western viewing area (Plateau). We will be closely watching the track of this system, so stay tuned for updates! Keep in mind that an eastward shift of the "Low" could mean more of our viewing area could have snow showers & mix.
SLICK TRAVEL OVER WEST & MIDDLE TENNESSEE
While we focus primarily on our local weather, please keep in mind that if you have travel plans toward Nashville Friday Afternoon that dramatic changes in temperature could occur quickly the farther west you travel on I-24 or similar highways to Middle Tennessee. There could be the risk of icy roads locally along the Cumberland Plateau, then increasing in risk toward Nashville and westward to Memphis.
BITTER COLD WEEKEND
The bitter cold air settles in for the weekend with highs on Saturday and Sunday only in the 30s and barely above freezing. Morning lows from the upper 10s to lower 20s by Sunday Morning. Any light snow showers or flurries should taper off Saturday Morning. Sunny and cold Sunday.
A reinforcing blast of cold air returns by Tuesday of next week. This could keep high temperatures in the 30s and even some snow showers later Tuesday and into Wednesday. As always, we will be keeping an eye on this chance!