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!