January typically features our coldest weather of the year. In fact, we just passed the anniversary of the coldest recorded day in our history not long ago. This forecast appears to be closer to the warmer end of the spectrum for at least the first half of the week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Thursday!
It’s been a cloudy Sunday, but the rain has stayed away for the most part. That should be the case most of the way through the day, then some heavy rain develops for Monday. Here’s the outlook:
- Tonight-Mostly cloudy, rain develops late. Low 38.
- Monday-Clouds and fog with rain showers. High 55.
- Monday night-Rain likely, possible a thunderstorm. Low 48.
- Tuesday-Mostly cloudy, a few morning rain showers. High 64.
- Wednesday-Partly cloudy, some scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs near 60.
- Thursday-Morning flurries, then partly to mostly cloudy, windy and cold. High 38.
So, it appears that we have two systems to contend with this week. The first one finishes off its effect on our weather Tuesday, then another one starts late Wednesday. A warm front comes through tomorrow afternoon, which will keep the first batch and most of the second one as rain for the majority of the Tri-Cities. But it also provides well warmer than average temperatures, too, for the first half of the week.
From there, things start changing, and the second system on Wednesday afternoon brings rain and then falling temperatures. We’ll go from highs 15 degrees above average (46) on Wednesday to 5-10 degrees below that on Thursday.
The best chance of heavy rain appears to be Monday and Monday night. Don’t be shocked to hear a rumble of thunder Monday night as the cold front moves in. That will be the time of the heaviest rain, it appears.
We should dry out for most of Tuesday, and a lot of Wednesday before rain returns. That system coming from the southwest will move across the South later this week, bringing us rain and then falling temperatures once it passes. We probably won’t see 40 degrees on Thursday, and some of the computer output indicates that we might be lucky to get above freezing.
From there, it appears that the extended forecast looks dry, with temperatures warming up as we get into next weekend. I’ll have more on that in the coming days, as usual. Thanks for checking here for the forecast. Have a great week!