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April 5, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

April 5, 2017

So far today, rain has stayed mostly to our east. The good news is that it was close enough to keep clouds around most of the day. Storms are forming to our west now, so hopefully the lack of sunshine will help dampen their power by the time they get here tonight. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!

Those clouds not only will hopefully help keep fuel for storms down, but it also kept our temperatures down. Today’s high at the airport was 71 degrees, which is quite a bit below what I was planning today. Even that is good news considering tonight’s storms. Here’s the outlook, with discussion to follow:

  • Tonight-Showers and thunderstorms likely, some could be severe. Low 45.
  • Thursday-Cloudy, rainy and windy. High 58, dropping into the 40’s in the afternoon.
  • Thursday night-Cloudy and windy, with rain/snow showers. Low 35.
  • Friday-Morning snow/rain showers, changing to all rain for the Tri-Cities. High 48.
  • Saturday-Becoming mostly sunny. High 58.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny and warmer. Highs near 70.

As of this writing (shortly before 6 PM), storms have fired up across Middle Tennessee. There are severe thunderstorm warnings near Cookeville and McMinnville now, with a tornado warning in central Kentucky. Those are the storms that will come our way tonight.

These are what we call discrete storms, they’re out by themselves and not forming a line. Generally speaking, storms in a line are better since they generally have less chance of creating long track tornadoes. So these storms are worth watching as they move across Tennessee.

Storms could bring damaging winds and hail to our area, and a tornado cannot be ruled out. However, the effect of daylight on the storms will be gone, so hopefully they will weaken in the process. Weakening storms can still produce damaging winds, though, so keep that in mind.

These storms will likely take their time to get here, probably after 8 or 9 PM. They’ll move through and be gone by 2 in the morning or so. Then, the weather changes A LOT.

Warm temperatures will depart, but not for long. Tomorrow will get colder as the day goes on behind that cold front. We’ll have highs early on around 58, dropping through the 40’s in the afternoon. Rain will change to snow first in the mountains, and eventually into the Tri-Cities. I think most of what we’ll see will be a mix of rain and snow as we drop into the mid 30’s by early Friday morning.

We’ll move back over to rain showers scattered around on Friday, a cold and windy day to be sure. The clouds move out in time for the weekend, though, where we should have a good supply of sunshine. Temperatures will warm up, too, as we will jump into the upper 50’s Saturday, and near 70 on Sunday.

As mentioned last night, I’ll be on all of our stations tonight should any tornado warnings be issued. Make sure to have a source of weather information that can wake you up in the form of weather radio or apps on your phone. Emergency alerts should do that automatically these days.

Listen in on WHCB 91.5 FM, WHGG 1090 AM 100.3 FM and 97.3 FM, WPWT 870 AM, 100.7 FM, and 96.3 FM, as well as WABN 1230 AM and 103.3 FM for the latest on the storms. I’ll have forecasts on every half hour, and if there are no tornado warnings, that’s all you will hear from me tonight!

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