It’s been a cloudy and rainy day, with thunderstorms being the main feature this afternoon as I sit in central Sullivan County near the airport. We’ve just had a big flash of lightning and roar of thunder, as a storm is headed this way from the northwest. It’s one of the things I love watching for, but I’m glad I’m not in it! This weekend will feature more rounds of rain, but not as much as today. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!
First things first, most of us are in a Flash Flood Watch until midnight tonight. That’s because different batches of rain that can be heavy can also move across areas that have already seen heavy rain. So if you’ve seen a lot of rain today and you know of places that flood easily, that may be an issue tonight. We do have off-and-on rain chances this weekend. Here’s the outlook:
- Tonight-Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low 68.
- Saturday-Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and storms. High 83.
- Saturday night-Partly cloudy, a small chance of rain, low 64.
- Sunday-Partly cloudy with scattered afternoon showers and storms. High 87.
- Monday-Mostly sunny. High 87.
- Tuesday-Mostly sunny, maybe an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 84.
One cold front moves through Saturday morning, then another one comes through Sunday afternoon. As we get close to each of those, chances of rain go up. It won’t be like we saw today, with an almost completely overcast day and lots of scattered showers. Today is the high point of that, and things start ramping down somewhat tomorrow.
That being said, keep an eye out for storms if you’re out this weekend. It only takes one to mess up plans, or one bolt of lightning to cause serious problems. Be careful if you hear thunder, and get indoors quickly!
After the second front (it’s hard to call it a cold front since there’s not much cold about it for us) moves through, things at least get less humid. That leads the Monday forecast to not include the words “showers and thunderstorms” for the first time in a while!
Then, we get to Tuesday, when the summer pattern sets up. It’ll include a lot of sunshine early, puffy cumulus clouds in the afternoon, and a select few of those graduate into those pop-up showers and storms we get a lot of the time around here in summer. So that trend’s beginning in a few days!
But it’s a lot less rain on a daily basis for the majority of us than we got today, which is good news. Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great weekend!