The weekend outlook and a look ahead to next week
A dry start to the weekend Saturday, but some rain moves in for Sunday Morning. Perhaps beginning as a "mix" early on. We need more rain and we could have a soaking rainfall by Tuesday Night and Wednesday.
CLOUDS RETURN SATURDAY
Saturday starts off quite cold with local temperatures ranging from the upper 10s to lower 20s. Gradually, more cloud cover can be expected as we head through the day. Afternoon temperatures should eventually reach the mid 40s along with a breeze from the south at 10mph.
RAIN RETURNS EARLY SUNDAY
Cloudy for Saturday Night with temperatures holding in the mid 30s, but around 32 at higher elevations. We will be watching the temperature and radar through the predawn hours of Sunday as light rain begins to move back in. There is the possibility that the rain could begin as a wintry mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain as it begins. Especially at local higher elevations and even some colder valley spots east. First along the Cumberland Plateau and mountains west. Then, in the Blue Ridge Mtn portion of our viewing area in GA and NC. Past sunrise, temperatures both aloft and at the surface should rise above freezing. This means that any "mixing" should become mainly rain later in the morning.
The best coverage of rain locally should continue through midday and then taper off during the afternoon. All the while, temperatures should continue to rise into the mid 40s (upper 30s/lower 40s mountains). Rainfall amounts could range between 0.50"-0.75".
We will be monitoring this weather pattern for late Saturday Night and early Sunday. So, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!
DRIER & SEASONAL MONDAY
Drier air moves back in Sunday Night and temperatures by Monday Morning should drop to round the freezing mark. The rest of Monday looks sunny and seasonal with afternoon highs in the upper 40s.
NEXT RAIN CHANCE FOR LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
Chattanooga already has a rainfall deficit for 2018 of 3.87". And, most of our region is in the Moderate Drought category. So, we could use a soaking rainfall. We might get that chance by late Tuesday and into Wednesday. Increasing cloud cover Tuesday with highs in the 50s as a southerly breeze returns. Rain could move in as early as late Tuesday Afternoon. The coverage of rain locally should increase through Tuesday Night and continue for most of the day Wednesday. The passage of a cold front Wednesday Evening should gradually bring an end to the rainfall. Projected rainfall amounts could range from 1.10"-1.40". We will continue to watch this pattern set up and keep you updated.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!