April 18, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

We have an interesting forecast as we cruise into the penultimate full week of April. We’ve had temperatures below average for a while, and we’ll only cure that for one day this week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

The forecast features a small chance of rain toward sunrise tomorrow, and a few rain showers with a cold front on Wednesday. In fact, Wednesday night feature a mix of rain and snow at times, but mostly in the higher elevations. Here’s the outlook to start today’s forecast:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, a small chance of rain toward morning. low 43.
  • Monday-Cloudy with a small chance of rain to start, becoming partly cloudy. High 65.
  • Monday night-Partly cloudy to mostly clear. Lows near 40.
  • Tuesday-Partly cloudy. High 72.
  • Wednesday-Mostly cloudy with a few showers possible in the afternoon. Windy. Highs early around 52, but dropping.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy with gusty winds at times. High 54.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy. High 64.

The beginning of the forecast features low pressure not far away, in South Carolina and Georgia. That brings chances of rain for those areas, and perhaps up the North Carolina mountains. Then, another chance of rain comes in from the west, and that will be within an hour or two of sunrise on Monday. We’ll clear out for most of Monday after that.

We’ve had a string of temperatures below average (by now, said average is near 70), and that ends on Tuesday. We should have partly to mostly sunny conditions and get to just above that 70 mark. A cold front blows through here Wednesday, though, and changes everything. It’ll happen early enough in the day to bring in brisk northwest winds and much cooler weather. Temperatures at sunrise will probably be much warmer than they will be Wednesday afternoon.

That leads to chilly mornings on Thursday and Friday waking up. So be sure to be aware of that if you have plants outside and such, as temperatures will drop into the 30s for both mornings.

Thursday will clear out, but with windy conditions won’t warm up much. We’ll see temperatures in the mid 50s during the afternoon, but it won’t feel that warm. It’ll get better on Friday, as partly to mostly sunny conditions help get us back toward the mid 60’s.

It seems like the month of April has a lot of bad anniversaries. Just Friday was the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings and the 2011 tornado outbreak in the Carolinas. We have the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary on Monday, and the 27th will be ten years since the tornado outbreak across a lot of the eastern part of the country and our area, something I hope to never see again, since we lost over a dozen of our own that day and the next morning.

Some things you can’t control, but with the weather you can help yourself and be just fine most of the time. Go to the Severe Weather Safety Rules page and find out where to go if severe weather threatens at work, home or school. Get a plan ready and have a kit ready in your safe place or near it so you can stack the deck in your favor in case the unthinkable happens from a weather standpoint. It’s good to get the plans in place when calmer weather is happening!

April 16, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Will it rain all day? Generally, the answer is no, except sometimes in winter when there’s a big mass of rain coming. Typically in the spring, rain is more scattered around, and we’ll see that in part of today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast.

I get that question all the time, once it’s rained early in a day for a few hours. Most often, that question is asked when rain is forecast on Saturdays, as it is this weekend. And no, it won’t rain all day Saturday. Here’s the outlook through Monday:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy. Low 38.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs near 60.
  • Saturday night-Mostly cloudy with a couple showers. Lows near 40.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy. A small chance of afternoon showers. High 63.
  • Monday-Becoming mostly sunny. High 64.

Low pressure is going to move through the Gulf Coast this weekend, specifically on Saturday. That’s going to be close enough to spread some clouds up in here starting later today through tomorrow. Some of those clouds will be able to drop some rain showers, hence the reason for off-and-on rain Saturday. There’s nothing for me to believe, though, that rain will last a long time each time it comes through our area.

Chances of rain drop the farther through the weekend we go, with only a slight chance Saturday night and Sunday. We’ll be back under high pressure by Monday, when mostly sunny conditions return. Temperature wise, we’ll be just a couple ticks below average for the next three days.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast. Have a fantastic weekend!

April 14, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

We got the clouds today, but for most of the day the rain stayed away! We’re changing that tonight, but two dry days are coming up in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful day wherever you may be. It’s been a good one here, just busy in the weather office and beyond! We finally are seeing rain move into the area, but it’s very light at this point, and shouldn’t last long. Here’s the outlook through Saturday:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with a few evening rain showers. Low 47.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy in the morning, partly sunny late. High 62.
  • Thursday night-Clear and colder. Low 34.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny, high 63.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds with scattered showers, highs near 60.

Our temperatures have been quite warm recently, as we’ve seen a lot of 70s for the high temperature point of the afternoon many days. That’s changing, though, thanks to the cold front that’s bringing this evening’s rain to us. It’s coming through during the early evening, with most of the rain behind it. We’ll see scattered showers until midnight tonight, or shortly thereafter.

After a mostly cloudy morning, things clear out a bit tomorrow. The big news on tomorrows weather is the windy conditions. That will make things feel cooler than that 62 degrees. Tomorrow night drops our lows back down in the mid 30’s for the first time in a while. Some might actually hit freezing once again, and a frost is likely for Friday morning.

We’ll see a beautiful, sunny, and cool day on Friday. After that, clouds return on Saturday, with scattered showers off and on during the day. It doesn’t look like an all day washout at this point, though. With all the clouds around, though, we won’t warm up much, and struggle to hit 60 by the end of the day.

That’s it for today’s forecast. Have a great Thursday!

April 13, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

We had a few clouds around the area today, but things cleared out nicely for long enough to get us a lot of sunshine this afternoon! More clouds than sun are coming tomorrow, but it looks like only a one-day thing this week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!

Off to the outlook we go:

  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy, low 48.
  • Wednesday-Increasing clouds with scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Highs near 70.
  • Wednesday night-Cloudy with scattered showers. Low 47.
  • Thursday-Partly to mostly sunny, and cooler. Highs near 60.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny. High 63.

Low pressure comes up the Tennessee/North Carolina border tomorrow, and as it moves north, it will bring better chances of rain to our area. So clouds will increase in the morning, and scattered showers are likely throughout the day. The afternoon may feature some thunderstorms as the low pressure gets close to us.

A cold front sweeps everything out of here early tomorrow morning, taking the clouds and rain with it. So from late morning on, the sky should be partly cloudy at worse, progressing to mostly sunny in the afternoon. Then on Friday, we should have a good supply of sunshine once again, as highs bump up into the low 60’s.

I’ll have an update on the weekend weather forecast soon. Have a great Wednesday!

April 8, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

We’ve seen a little rain this afternoon, but not a whole lot. Most of the heavier rain is west of us, but some showers and storms are on the way for tonight, and again on Saturday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

There are a few showers and storms off to our west, and severe weather isn’t out of the question tonight. To prove it, there’s a tornado warning for Morgan and Scott Counties in Tennessee until 5:30, as a storm is capable of producing a tornado there. That storm is headed our way, so I’ll keep an eye on it over the next few hours. Regardless of how the storm looks now, be aware of some off-and-on showers and storms tonight. Here’s the outlook for the coming days:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog by morning. Low 52.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain or a thunderstorm. Highs near 80.
  • Friday night-Partly cloudy with a small chance of rain. Low 53.
  • Saturday-Showers and thunderstorms likely. Heavy rain and gusty winds at times. High 73.
  • Sunday-Cloudy and windy with rain showers early, then becoming partly cloudy. Highs near 70.

So we’re getting all of this weather thanks to a cold front that extends from Lake Michigan through Indiana, western Kentucky, West Tennessee, and Mississippi. That front is on its way here, but should dissipate before it gets here. Meanwhile, a new front goes from the Rockies to the southern Plains tomorrow, bringing us a good chance of rain as it gets closer on Saturday. Early on Sunday morning, that front will be strong enough to get through here, ending rain chances for a while.

Western parts of our area have a chance of severe weather tonight, so make sure you know where your safe place is should you need to go there. Best chances of severe storms are likely west of I-26 for the most part. The same will be the case for Saturday, where strong storms could feature heavily during the day between here and Nashville. It’s close enough to watch, so I’ll be doing that throughout the weekend.

Keep it here or on any of the stations where my forecast is heard for more information tonight and Saturday. As always, the less you hear from me, the better the weather news will be. I’ll have a new weekend forecast tomorrow…have a great Friday!