Rain returns Thursday and a look ahead to the weekend

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You will need the umbrellas again for Thursday Afternoon and Evening. Then, get out the heavy coats for Friday as much colder air moves in.

RAIN RETURNS THURSDAY

Expect increasing cloud cover locally through Thursday Morning. An approaching cold front should gradually increase the coverage of rain across our viewing area during the day. Some patchy areas of light rain during the morning. But, the better coverage during the afternoon from the northwest. With a southerly breeze, temperatures should remain mild for at least one more day with low/mid 50s through the afternoon.

Showers should continue during the evening, then quickly taper off after midnight as colder and drier air moves in. Now, as that cold air moves in, it could allow for the rain to end as a brief wintry mix at higher elevations and north. This does not appear to last long, except for the higher terrain of the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains where a few inches could fall. The rest of our viewing area should be drier and colder as the northerly wind increases. Temperatures by Friday Morning should dip into the upper 20s to around 30. So, even though the overnight wind should help with drying, do be aware of a few icy spots early Friday Morning. As always, we'll keep an eye on this and keep you updated!

COLDER FRIDAY (WITH SHADOWS?)

As mentioned above, you will need the heavy coats on Friday. A blustery and chilly day with temperatures in the upper 20s during the morning. Then, sunny and chilly through the afternoon with high temperatures only peaking out in the upper 30s to near 40.

Friday is also Groundhog Day! And, with some sunshine expected, there is the possibility of some "shadows". The official word for the Tennessee Valley comes from Chattanooga Chuck at the Tennessee Aquarium. As always, we will keep you updated on what the Aquariums resident prognosticator has to say!

DRY SATURDAY WITH A CHILLY RAIN SUNDAY

More clouds than sun on Saturday with a cold start in the 20s, then mid 40s through the afternoon. The forecast for the Chattanooga FC vs FC Dallas game looks dry but chilly with lower 40s. Clouds should continue to stream in through sunset Saturday. Rain should begin to move in late in the overnight hours and into early Sunday Morning. Most areas locally should be above freezing in the mid/upper 30s. But, some parts of the Blue Ridge Mtns might have a wedge of cold air that could allow for the rain to begin as a wintry mix through Sunday Morning.

A chilly rain for most locally Sunday with high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s mountains to lower 40s valley. Rainfall amounts could range from 0.50" to 1.00" before the rain ends Sunday Night. As the rain ends and colder air moves in, there could once again be a period of a wintry mix north and mountains before the precipitation ends. As always, we'll keep you updated on this in the days ahead.

You can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!

David Glenn

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