Much-needed rain soaks viewing area Wednesday morning
Our viewing area is in a Moderate to Severe Drought, so we need some rain. Several chances are possible over the next 7 days.
FIRST ROUND COMING UP
Through Monday, Chattanooga has a 3.56" rainfall deficit for the year. And, a 5.21" rainfall deficit for the Winter season.
A better coverage of showers moves in gradually through tonight. A cold front moves across our viewing area Wednesday Morning. This should bring some moderate to heavy showers through Wednesday Morning and even some thunder (though nothing severe). So, the morning commute to work and school could be a soggy one. Once the front moves through, the rain should taper off from west to east by midday. So, your Wednesday Afternoon commute home should be drier, but turning much cooler as temperatures drop into the 40s.
This first round of rain has the potential to produce over an inch of rain on average across the viewing area. The forecast model rainfall projections range from 1.10" to 1.50" So, it will vary from location to location.
DRIER THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Drier air moves in for Thursday. A colder start to the day with morning lows by sunrise in the upper 20s to near 30. The rest of the day should have a mix of sun and clouds and high temperatures from the upper 40s to lower 50s. A bit milder Friday with morning sun and afternoon clouds. Afternoon high temperatures on Friday could top out in the upper 50s and even a few spots south nearing 60. Some showers could return as early as Friday Evening.
SOGGY WEEKEND AHEAD
The timing of the next round of rain may not suit your weekend plans. But, we need the rainfall. Another soaking round of rain could move in Saturday and continue into Sunday. Long range forecast models project a rainfall potential ranging from 1.30" to 1.60" through late Sunday. Along with the rain will be a strengthening southerly flow. So, while you will need the umbrellas, you won't need the heavy coats. Temperatures on Saturday could reach the upper 50s, then well into the 60s on Sunday.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!