Freezing mornings & rain returns for the weekend

Thursday Afternoon Highs

Temperatures should be at or below freezing both Thursday and Friday Morning. Then, a warming trend heading into the weekend along with an increasing chance for rain.

PROTECT THOSE PLANTS!

Temperatures by sunrise Thursday Morning should be around 32 in the city and from the upper 20s to lower 30s away from the city. A steady breeze from the west could help prevent heavy frost and keep the air mixed. Nevertheless, with temperatures around freezing, it could do some damage to early blooming plants. Friday Morning should have a calm wind and therefore a bit colder under a clear sky with average local temperatures in the upper 20s to around 30. Temperatures Friday Night and Saturday Morning should be well above freezing and not a risk of a frost or freeze.

DRY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Aside from the morning freezes, both days should be dry. Some flurries are possible Thursday Morning, especially along the Plateau. Otherwise, a mix of clouds and then some afternoon sun with chilly afternoon temperatures in the 40s. Friday should have more sunshine and a light southerly wind which should help boost afternoon temperatures into the mid 50s.

RAIN RETURNS FOR THE WEEKEND

Clouds return for Friday Night through Saturday Morning with temperatures to start the day around 40. The rest of Saturday should remain cloudy with areas of light rain developing as we progress into the afternoon. Expect temperatures in the mid/upper 50s through Saturday Afternoon. A strong area of low pressure should move through the Tennessee Valley Saturday Night and Sunday which should increase the coverage of rain locally. And, some of the rain could be heavy at times through Sunday. Local rainfall amounts could range between 1" and 2", So, once again, we'll have to keep an eye on any flooding threat.

The heavier downpours could move out late day Sunday and into Sunday Night. There remains the possibility that some "wrap around" moisture on the back side of low pressure could fall as some flurries or patchy light snow to our north and into the Smoky Mountains Sunday Night. Expect overnight lows in the mid 30s by Monday Morning.

DRY & COOL NEXT WEEK

Most of next week looks dry, but temperatures should remain below average. Most daily highs should stay in the 50s (just near 50 Monday and Wednesday). Then, back to the 60s for highs next Thursday and Friday. Morning lows mainly in the 30s. Partly sunny Monday, then partly to mostly sunny Tuesday through Friday.

As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!

David Glenn

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