March 12, 2021 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Rain arrived this afternoon, but it never got very heavy. It was, however, enough to be annoying if you were outside, and everything outside is wet at this point. I anticipate some breaks in the rain tonight through Monday, but rain is possible at any time in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast.

I’m asked quite frequently if it’s “going to rain all day.” It is a very rare day when it literally rains all day, but I know people generally mean to ask if it’s going to be raining most of the time when people normally do stuff on a given day. Either way, it’s hard to answer that question. Any time I use the word “scattered” or even “occasional,” that implies some breaks from time to time. I’ll say that a lot for the weekend. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Some evening rain showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. Low 47.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy, but only a small chance of rain. Highs near 60.
  • Saturday night-Cloudy with scattered showers late. Low 45.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy with some scattered showers. High 58.
  • Monday-Cloudy and windy, rain showers likely. Highs near 60.

We experienced frontal passage this afternoon (often abbreviated in military style as FROPA), and that front is why we’re having rain showers, even while we’re behind the front now. That front is going to get to north Georgia and Alabama, toward South Carolina tomorrow, then stall out there.

The farther south that front goes, the better of a chance of a dry Saturday we’ll have at this point. Right now, there is evidence for the front to get into South Georgia at one point, which gives us a mostly dry day. We’ll see how it goes. If you’re out tomorrow, just be aware that rain could happen at any time, but it’s not worth messing up plans over at this point.

Meanwhile, a cold front develops in New Mexico and West Texas tomorrow. That will approach the Mississippi River on Sunday, bringing the old front back north, close enough to bring us some scattered showers at times Sunday. By Monday morning, the front will be in Tennessee, and already will be spreading rain showers ahead of it. So as it looks right now, Monday should be quite the rainy day, and maybe the closest to the old “rain all day” concept in this forecast.

That front will move through on Tuesday, and then on Thursday another one will move in. So look for maybe a day of dry weather between the two fronts before rain does occur once again later next week.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, I’ll have another one on Sunday! Make sure you get batteries so you can change your weather radio and smoke detector batteries…you can do both as you set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night. We’ll be in Daylight Saving Time by the time you wake up…unless you’re like me and have to work to make sure the computers update. Have a great (short) weekend! 🙂