January 17, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

We’ve had our snow, and some snow days to boot. Now, we get the cold weather over the next couple days. Warmer weather is not too far ahead, though. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!

Snow totals from yesterday generally stayed where I thought they would. Most locations received over an inch of snow and less than two, namely Pound, Kingsport, Lebanon, Blountville, Bristol, and Bluff City. There was a report of two inches of snow in Greeneville, and 3 in St. Paul. The big winner around here, of course, is Roan Mountain with 3.5 inches of snow.

These numbers are tripled when you look at central North Carolina today. To the northwest of Raleigh there have been reports of 8-10 inches of snow, with 11 reported in a location or two. So that’s the good news…we didn’t get a big snow.

With that said, we’re going to have cold weather in the near term, but warming up to above average later on. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, frigid. Low 8.
  • Thursday-Sunny. High 38.
  • Thursday night-Mostly clear. Low 12.
  • Friday-Sunny. High 48.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 50.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 58.

Our average temperature for this part of January is around 45 degrees, and we’re clearly well below that with our high of 22 today. We’re much closer to that tomorrow, and a touch over it for Friday.

This weekend looks fantastic, like car washing weather, honestly. I think I’ve featured my little red car (which I’ve named Ashley because of this story) on the blog before, and that poor automobile is a nasty mess. So this weekend I know I’ll be off to get the thing cleaned up! We’ll see temperatures getting to around 50 on Saturday and well above that for Sunday.

Our next chance of rain at this point comes in on Monday with an approaching cold front. So there’s a lot of calm weather ahead of us if you can endure the cold for the next couple days!

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Categories: Daily Forecast, Winter

January 16, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

January 16, 2018 Leave a comment

As mentioned earlier, the snow is taking its sweet time getting here, but it’s almost on top of the Tri-Cities at 3:30 this afternoon. Snow showers are showing up on radar west of I-81, headed east. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

Snow is falling from Rogersville to Church Hill to Nickelsville, Lebanon and Honaker at half past three in the afternoon, with a few spots starting off with some light rain. Temperatures in the low 40’s in the Tri-Cities might mean rain to start here as well, but it will all be snow before too long. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Snow showers likely. 1-2 inches possible in the Tri-Cities, 3+” mountains. Low 15.
  • Wednesday-Cloudy with flurries early, becoming partly cloudy. High 23.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy and cold. Low 10.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy. Highs near 40.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny. High 48.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 50.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 55.

It is indeed taking a bit longer than forecast for the snow to get here. That’s good news for sure, although I’m certain some school system managers are annoyed by that development!

It’s not snowing in any of the literal Tri-Cities as of just before 4 PM, but it will be pretty soon. The cold front is moving through, so temperatures will start dropping as the snow starts falling. It’s still a good idea to get home as soon as you can from wherever you are, though!

As for accumulations, it looks like folks in the Tri-Cities proper (as in the three cities themselves and close to them), should see an inch or two of snow through tomorrow morning, and that’s it. In fact, some might be lucky to get to an inch of snow. In the mountains, especially southwest Virginia, there may be accumulations of 3-4 inches before it’s all said and done.

Things start to clear out tomorrow afternoon, then we’ll have frigid conditions tomorrow night. I can’t rule out lows in the single digits despite that 10 posted up there. We’re going to bounce back nicely, with dry days for Thursday through Saturday.

The good news about that is, warmth! We’ll be just a bit below average (45 is what could be considered normal here in early January) on Thursday, and a touch above that on Friday. The weekend sees us 5 to 10 degrees above average with dry conditions.

Yesterday I mentioned the possibility of rain for Sunday. That’s not entirely out of the question just yet, but it does appear right now that our next chance of precipitation after tomorrow’s flurries will be on Monday afternoon.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Get safely in this evening and stay warm. Have a great Wednesday!

Categories: Daily Forecast

January 16, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Snow Update

January 16, 2018 Leave a comment

You’re not seeing snow as of about noon, right? Right. That’s pretty much by design, and snow is indeed on the way.

The surprise was the fact that the sun was out this morning! That’s helped us warm up to close to 40 in spots this afternoon. That all is about to change as a cold front is in the process of moving through.

Proof of that is in the temperatures, going from east to west from Virginia through Tennessee:

  • Mountain Empire Airport (Marion/Wytheville): 40
  • Virginia Highlands Airport (Abingdon): 38
  • Elizabethton Airport: 39
  • Tri-Cities Airport: 39
  • McGhee Tyson Airport: 39
  • Knoxville Downtown: 39
  • Oak Ridge: 33
  • Crossville: 19
  • Cookeville: 18
  • Nashville International: 14
  • West Nashville: 12
  • Clarksville: 10
  • Paris: 10 (with 7 inches of snow reported)
  • Union City: 9

Snow is falling in most places west of I-75 and through much of Eastern Kentucky at this point. Snow is nearly over in Nashville, and the reports there are coming in between 1 and 3 inches, with most at or below 2. Parts of Kentucky are seeing 3-5 inches of snow.

As for our area, clouds increased today rather than last night for the most part, allowing for that sunshine earlier. The sun is gone now (at least in Blountville) and snow will begin in the next few hours.

And as indicated by the temperatures above, the farther we get into the snow, the colder it’s going to get. Middlesboro, Kentucky, started to see snow around 9am, and they’ve dropped from 32 degrees to 25 in that amount of time.

By 3pm or so, we should all be seeing snow and traffic conditions should start to deteriorate as the day wears on. It might be a good idea to be home by 5 if that’s at all possible.

I’ll have a full forecast coming up at about that time this afternoon.

Categories: Winter

January 15, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

January 15, 2018 Leave a comment

The National Weather Service has put up a Winter Weather Advisory for tomorrow after 10 AM, indicating that snow is on its way. A cold front will pass through before much of that arrives, bringing cold weather back as well. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!

Scattered rain showers are entering Eastern Kentucky right now, with snow showers behind that. Despite the sunshine we’ve seen this afternoon, clouds will increase tonight and snow is likely tomorrow. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Increasing clouds. Low 24.
  • Tuesday-Mostly cloudy with snow showers developing by afternoon. High 35.
  • Tuesday night-Cloudy and cold with some snow showers. Low 15.
  • Wednesday-Becoming partly cloudy. Cold, with highs around 23.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, getting warmer. High 38.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny, high 45.

Below average temperatures highlight most of the week’s weather, but the big news is the snow starting tomorrow. I’m not expecting very heavy snow at any point, but there might be enough from time to time to make travel interesting. Keep that in mind as you’re going out, especially tomorrow afternoon.

The colder air arrives tomorrow night, and chances of snow continue through early Wednesday morning. After that, we’ll clear out a bit. Wednesday should be the coldest day of the week, as we only get temperatures up to the low 20’s.

By Thursday, though, high pressure returns, allowing us to start warming back up. It will still be a chilly day on Thursday for sure, but Friday returns us back to our average high in the mid 40’s with a nice, sunny day.

At first glance, the weekend looks like it might be a tale of two halves. Saturday looks good while Sunday doesn’t necessarily. Timing might change on that, so we’ll leave it out there. I’ll have a little better look at it tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday!

Categories: Daily Forecast

January 14, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

January 14, 2018 Leave a comment

It’s been a chilly weekend, and more cold weather is on its way. A cold front moves in Tuesday, with snow possible in the afternoon. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for this week!

Straight to the outlook we go…I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend!

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 16.
  • Monday-Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs near 40.
  • Monday night-Mostly cloudy with some flurries. Low 26.
  • Tuesday-Cloudy with snow showers. High 35.
  • Wednesday-Mostly cloudy and cold, morning flurries. High 23.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy. Low 37.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny. High 44.

A cold front is on its way on Tuesday, and it should get here before we can get too far above freezing. That will guarantee us some afternoon snow, but as of right now it doesn’t look like much. Computer models are differing it appears, so I’ll give it a new look tomorrow with an update there.

Behind the front, we’ll have frigid conditions returning, with highs Wednesday only around 23 and overnight lows likely in the single digits. High pressure moves by us late in the week, allowing warmer temperatures for Thursday and Friday.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great week!

Categories: Daily Forecast
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