It’s rained off and on during this Thursday, but most of that is over. Outside of a few thunderstorms tonight and a stray one tomorrow, we’ll get into summer type weather starting this weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!
There are some scattered storms just about to move into the far western parts of our area in the next few hours. There’s even a severe thunderstorm warning for one storm in southern Kentucky, with a funnel cloud even reported. That storm and the line southwest of it will go through our area tonight, but shouldn’t be as strong as they are right now when they get here. Other than spotty rain tomorrow, we’ll have warmer weather coming this weekend. Here’s the outlook:
- Tonight-A few showers and thunderstorms, otherwise mostly cloudy. Lows near 60.
- Friday-Partly cloudy, a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Highs near 80.
- Friday night-Mostly clear, after a small chance of evening rain. Low 58.
- Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 84.
- Sunday-Mostly sunny, maybe a pop-up shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 87.
Tonight, there’s one storm that is causing a ruckus, that one in southern Kentucky. Lee, Scott, Washington Counties in Virginia might be in line for this storm as it moves due east from its location approaching Pineville at 6 PM. I’m thinking the storm will weaken, but even if it does, there will be lightning and thunder to deal with from those counties to the south this evening.
A cold front is moving through Tennessee and Kentucky, sparking these storms. That front will pass through early in the morning, before stalling out to die in the Carolinas. That means there’s not much cold to the front, honestly. In fact, we’re going to warm up from the 70s today into the mid to upper 80’s by the weekend.
Tomorrow’s rain chances will be solely due to the proximity of the front to us, since it’ll still be in western North Carolina for a while. The farther through the day we get, the lower the rain chances look at this point. I did still mention a stray shower tomorrow evening, just in case.
The showers and storms possible on Sunday are our typical summer storms. They’ll pop up in the heat of the afternoon, usually over the mountains, and drift down into the valleys before raining themselves out. Those storms typically die out after dark, then we’ll see them again in random spots each afternoon in summer. That chain of events doesn’t start with Sunday, at least not yet. That’s a summer staple that is definitely not far away.
If you’re going to the Appalachian League baseball games or the Tri-Cities FC soccer game tomorrow night, things should be just fine. I can’t rule out a little rain, but if that happens delay shouldn’t be long unless there’s heavy rain right at the stadium. The closer you are to mountains, the better chance of that happening, which is an interesting situation for the Otters, since they’re farther east at the old Cardinal Park than they once were at Science Hill.
I’ll be keeping an eye on things and tweeting the latest, as usual. Thanks for checking here for the forecast, and get out there and watch some local sports! Go State Liners, and Fear the Fur!