NEXT WEATHER MAKER: From rain and 60s to snow and 20s in a matter of one day
On Thursday, the record high temperature of 64° set in 1949 was absolutely shattered when temperatures hit 69° in the Tri-Cities. We've only got one day left of warmer temperatures, though, before winter strikes back.
Our next weather maker is a powerful system, which has already supplied us with some gusty winds. On the warm side of the system, we get quite a bit of rain (and perhaps a few thunderstorms area wide) on Friday.
Flood Watches are in effect on the KY/VA line, but it would surprise us to see anything more than maybe some poor drainage flooding. We could actually use the rain that's coming to us (anywhere from 0.5-1.5").
The cold side of this system has prompted Winter Weather Alerts in areas like Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and Memphis. That's where they'll see a mix of freezing rain and snow on Friday. For us, once the colder air pours in - we see scattered snow showers moving in.
Here's a breakdown of when we expect a switchover to scattered snow. With a warmer and wetter ground, it may take some time for anything to accumulate. Most of what we get is while we're asleep heading into Saturday.
*Before we get into accumulations, we should mention that any subtle shift of 50-100 miles would add or subtract from the totals we are forecasting. It really depends on where a zone of strong lift in the atmosphere forms within the colder air.*
Given our recent data - accumulations look to be generally light, although a couple of inches wouldn't surprise us from areas like Norton and Honaker and north. Totals of up to 4 or 5 inches are more likely towards London and Jackson, KY. In the Tri-Cities, we'd mainly see an inch or less on grassy surfaces. Mountains on the TN/NC line could wind up getting up to two inches of snow between Friday night and Saturday.
Once again, we find ourselves in a situation that's impactful but not major. This will make for slick roads, especially back roads, bridges and overpasses. However, we don't see this shutting down towns for days.
For the latest road conditions, be sure to check each state's website.
Cold air will last beyond this weather maker, with the potential for a few more scattered snow showers Monday night into Tuesday of next week. Be sure to check back for updates on the forecast regularly on our website, on air, on social media and on our StormTrack 5 Mobile App.