This Afternoon: Windy and warmer. Damaging wind gusts possible in spots (especially near mountains). Scattered showers developing, mainly late in the day. Highs 57-63 (48-54 east). South wind 10-30 mph with localized gusts over 60 mph.
Tonight: A steady, soaking rain developing (locally heavy at times). Winds dying down. Rain changes to snow northwest of the Tri-Cities late. Lows 35-42. West wind 5-25 mph.
Thursday: Breezy and much colder with rain ending as scattered snow showers. Some afternoon flurries. Becoming partly cloudy. Steady or falling temperatures into the upper 20s to middle 30s. West wind 5-20 mph.
Thursday Night: Scattered flurries. Much colder with lows in the lower to middle 20s. West wind 5-15 mph.
Friday: Breezy and very cold. Scattered flurries possible, with a few mountain snow showers. Highs 30-35. West wind 5-15 mph.
HIGH WIND ALERTS TODAY - A WIND GUST WEDNESDAY MORNING OF 85 MPH WAS RECORDED AT THE CAMP CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN GREENE COUNTY.
WINDY in the mountains and foothills today. Localized damaging wind gusts over 60 mph are possible (especially in/near wind prone areas like Camp Creek). Breezy area-wide Wednesday (locally windy), ahead of our next weather maker. A few trees or power lines could be damaged in the gusty winds, especially near the mountains and foothills of Tennessee (where a High Wind Warning is in effect). Locally high winds are possible near any mountain or ridge line.
A few widely scattered showers are possible this afternoon, otherwise it will be very mild with highs in the 50s to lower 60s.
As a strong area of low pressure and cold front approach the Tri-Cities, a steady, soaking rain will develop tonight. The rain could be heavy at times into Thursday morning. Rainfall totals will be around 1.0" to 1.5" through early Thursday (locally heavier amounts). While the overall flood threat isn't particularly high, some minor, localized flooding cannot be ruled out. This would be especially true for low-lying, poor drainage, and flood-prone locations.
Rain will likely change to snow Thursday morning as colder air moves in (especially north and west of the Tri-Cities). Expected snow totals look light (greatest chance of snow near the KY/VA line). Check in for the latest forecast on News 5 WCYB. Drying out Thursday afternoon and night. It will be breezy at times Thursday through Sunday.
We will really feel the cold air Friday. This blast of cold air looks to plunge us to near freezing for highs Friday with some flurries or scattered snow showers possible. Still chilly this weekend. A quick moving clipper system could bring scattered rain or snow showers Sunday. Not as cold Monday. Another chance of snow arrives Tuesday (possibly starting as rain). Turning MUCH colder by next Wednesday!
The average high in the Tri-Cities is 45. The average low is 25.
- Meteorologist Dave Dierks
Today's Record Temperatures