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January 31, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

January 31, 2018

Calm weather has been a hallmark of the first month of 2018, as we’re already well over an inch below average in precipitation. That starts to change a bit with rain tomorrow, then some snow tomorrow night. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

Things are indeed calm right now, and will be tonight through the early parts of tomorrow. A cold front changes things after that, with a second one bringing another chance of wintry precipitation of some sort (or maybe all sorts) on Sunday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 27.
  • Thursday-Increasing clouds, afternoon rain showers developing. High 53.
  • Thursday night-Light rain changes to light snow, 1-2″ possible in the Tri-Cities by morning. Low 27.
  • Friday-Cloudy with snow flurries, mainly early in the day. High 34.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy. High 42.
  • Sunday-Snow and freezing rain possible early, followed by rain. Highs near 40.

Confidence in weather forecasts varies with the conditions, somewhat chaotic state of the atmosphere, and simply whether or not forecasters think the computers are telling them something that makes sense. The extended part of the forecast, as of right now, falls into the “not confident in this statement” category.

So we’ll start with tomorrow. A cold front pushes clouds into our area, and starting in Southwest Virginia tomorrow morning, we’ll see scattered rain showers. The rain should reach the Tri-Cities tomorrow afternoon. Behind the cold front and after dark, that rain will change to snow.

The higher up in elevation you are, the colder it is, and therefore more snow. So it appears right now that we’ll get 1-2 inches of snow through Friday morning in the Tri-Cities, with those farther south closer to nothing. In Southwest Virginia’s highlands, we could be talking 3-4 inches of snow. I’m not sure the North Carolina mountains will get all that much more than the Tri-Cities at this point.

Snow tapers off to flurries early Friday, then we’ll have a reasonably tranquil Saturday. We could see snow starting up as early as Saturday evening, and continuing through the day Sunday. Snow then eventually mixes with and changes to freezing rain, then to rain during the day as we warm up to near 40.

Accumulations of anything on Sunday are hard to tell at this point since there’s a storm bearing down on us before that. It’s hard to tell what’s up until we get this first front through here. Secondly, any mixed precipitation or freezing rain will limit Sunday snow totals. That said, if there is freezing rain, travel will get difficult much quicker on Sunday morning.

There’s a lot to unpack regarding the second half of the weekend, and I’ll have another look at it for sure after (or as) this first storm gets through here. So get ready for round one, and make plans on Saturday to prepare for round two.

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