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May 18, 2016 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

May 18, 2016

Cloudy, cloudy, cloudy, rainy, rainy, rainy. What seems like should be the middle of April weather wise is really happening in the middle of May! Lots of clouds and rain have dampened things recently, but there’s a change in the works! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!

It’s been a cool day, with folks in the mountains not getting out of the 50’s in spots late this afternoon, specifically near Jefferson, North Carolina, and locations in Virginia like Wise and Tazewell. Most of the rest of us are in the 60’s, ranging from 62 to 67 as of about 4pm, with low 70’s near Knoxville. We’ll hover in the low to mid 70’s for highs in the coming days as good chances of rain come in Friday and Saturday. Here’s the outlook:

Tonight-A couple rain showers, but mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Low 53.

Thursday-Partly cloudy and dry in the Tri-Cities, a few rain showers in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. High 75.

Thursday night-Partly cloudy, with a few stray rain showers. Low 53.

Friday-Increasing clouds, showers and possible thunderstorms by afternoon. High 72.

Saturday-Mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers that should taper off in the afternoon. Highs near 70.

Sunday-Partly sunny. High 73.

Low pressure in Western North Carolina this afternoon will move away from here, along with its cold front that drapes through Alabama and all the way into south Texas. Part of that front will break off with the low, while another low will form with the front in Texas.

That will happen Thursday night, then the low pressure shoots out to Tuscaloosa Friday night, then toward Charlotte by Saturday morning, on its way off the coast by Sunday. So expect a few rain showers but mainly dry conditions tomorrow.

The best chances of rain on Thursday look to be in the mountains–Johnson, Carter, and Unicoi Counties in Tennessee, along with their neighbors in Western North Carolina. There’s a good chance the Tri-Cities will stay dry tomorrow.

Rain chances increase a bit tomorrow night, then we’ll see rain showers and possible thunderstorms definitely move through here mainly Friday afternoon and Friday night. There will be rain left over for Saturday morning, and will spill into the afternoon a bit.

The good news? Once this system finally leaves us alone, sunshine returns! We should see a mix of clouds and sun on Sunday, then full sunshine looks to be the trend for the first few days of next week, likely all the way into early Wednesday!

As I posted earlier, there has been an update to the page about outdoor warning sirens. It’s now including text alerts and call alerts as well, as that is starting to become a big thing these days. I spoke with someone form the Kingsport Fire Department today, and he gave me some good information that updates not only the city, but all of Sullivan County, too! I’ll be contacting more people about those things in the weeks ahead, so keep a bookmark on that page, you can find “Severe Weather Alerts/Sirens by Location” on the top right hand side of the page.

While you’re hanging around, check out the severe weather safety rules page, and you can even look at the latest National Weather Service radar image. It’s all on the top right corner of the blog, and you can even send me an e-mail at the Contact link, too, and the About page tells you all about me!

Thanks for hanging around the blog today…have a great evening!

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