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June 12, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

June 12, 2019 Leave a comment

More clouds have arrived over our area today, and a bit sooner than expected. Thanks to that, it’s been a cooler than average Wednesday. Rain chances continue, but only through Thursday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

Scattered showers have mainly stayed north of the Tennessee/Virginia border today, but a small chance of rain does exist as a cold front approaches, then moves through on Thursday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers. Low 58.
  • Thursday-Cloudy with a few scattered showers. High 74.
  • Thursday night-Becoming partly cloudy. Low 48.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 77.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 82.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy with a few showers and storms. High 85.

A cold front to our northwest approaches tonight and moves through tomorrow. That will increase our chances for light rain tonight and Thursday. Rain should move out by the evening hours, and clouds will start exiting our area Thursday night.

High pressure will bring us dry weather behind the front on Friday and Saturday. Starting Sunday, clouds will move in with a small chance of a shower or thunderstorm during the day.

Temperatures will stay below average until Saturday, then will trend a bit above that on Sunday.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast!

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June 5, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

June 5, 2019 Leave a comment

Up until late this afternoon, the weather was kind of depressing! It was cloudy and gloomy with rain for a lot of the day today. The sun is out right now, and things do feel better! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

While it felt like a lot of rain today, it didn’t even amount to a quarter of an inch out at the airport through 5 PM. Thankfully, nothing we received was terribly heavy. As this blog is written, sunshine is helping dry things up. But there are still scattered storms off to our west that might make things interesting tonight. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms, mostly late. Low 65.
  • Thursday-Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 80.
  • Thursday night-More showers and thunderstorms scattered around. Low 65.
  • Friday-A cloudy day with off and on showers and storms. High 81.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy with rain and thunderstorms. High 82.
  • Sunday-Scattered showers and storms likely. High 82.

I tried my best to use different verbage in each section of the forecast, because we’re basically seeing the same thing each day and night through Sunday. While it won’t rain all day any day through the weekend, there is a good chance of rain happening each day.

It does look like the best chance of all-day rain (think most of today until 5 PM) will be on Friday. A cold front will move through, so that will increase chances of area-wide rain and storms.

Despite the fact that the cold front is going to move through, it won’t get too far away. So that’s why scattered storms are possible through the weekend. By the time we finish off Sunday, a new, stronger cold front will start to push everything out of the way. As it looks right now, it may take most of Monday to finally get rain out of here.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great Thursday!

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June 4, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

June 4, 2019 Leave a comment

The last dry day we’re going to see this week is almost over. It appears that scattered showers and thunderstorms will be the order of the day for every day for a while. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Saturday!

There’s been some clouds today, a few more than expected, but it’s still been a nice warm day, about 2 degrees warmer than forecast. Our average this time of year is around 81, and we’ll certainly be close to that the next couple days. Here’s the sometimes-rainy outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 63.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 82.
  • Wednesday night-Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low 64.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 81.
  • Friday-Cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 82.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and storms. High 82.

The weather stays dry tonight and into tomorrow morning before storms arrive. Then, we could see some strong to severe storms across our area. We’re at level 2 of the 5 tier Storm Prediction Center outlook for severe storms tomorrow, so be aware that things might get a little rough tomorrow, with the main threats for us being damaging winds and hail with storms.

A more enduring threat through the forecast period could well be flooding. If we see a good number of storms each day tomorrow through the weekend, parts of our area might see some flooding. If you’re in one of those flood prone areas, keep an eye on the weather the next couple days, and the source of the flooding in your area. Be ready to go to higher ground if need be!

That said, it’s not going to be constant rain and storms tomorrow afternoon through Saturday. There will be breaks from time to time, and perhaps some substantial breaks. But as storms move through, they’ll dump a good amount of rain along with the other thunderstorm threats. And if they go over the same areas constantly, the flooding I mentioned earlier could become a big problem.

A look at the extended forecast shows off-and-on storms this weekend, through at least Sunday. Eventually, all this will get pushed out of here, and as of now it looks like that could be Monday or Tuesday before a big cold front out west finally crosses the country to clean up the weather a bit into next week.

I’ll have updates as needed here and on Twitter in the coming days. Have a great Wednesday, and stay safe!

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June 3, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

June 3, 2019 Leave a comment

We’ve entered meteorological summer, but the heat of late Spring has subsided a bit. Temperatures remain near average for the next four days in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast.

The radar is showing no returns today, and that’s likely to continue at least through tomorrow, and maybe into early Wednesday. Scattered showers and storms will begin Wednesday afternoon. Here’s the outlook for the rest of the week:

  • Tonight-Mostly clear, with lows near 50.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny, high 83.
  • Tuesday night-Partly cloudy. with lows near 60.
  • Wednesday-Increasing clouds, with showers and storms in the afternoon. Highs near 80.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy with showers and storms likely. Highs near 80.
  • Friday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 84.

High pressure is to our northeast, and will continue moving east over the course of the next 24 hours or so. That will start bringing warmer air our way from the south and southwest, then a warm front will move in during the day Wednesday.

The closer that front gets, the better our chances of rain. It will eventually stall right over us, which will cause showers and thunderstorms for the last three days of the week. Not every day will be a washout, though. Just be prepared for rain and storms to be possible from Wednesday afternoon through Friday at this point.

I’ll have more on that as we get closer to it. Meanwhile, enjoy Tuesday’s dry day!

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11pm

May 31, 2019 Comments off

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is up until 11PM for folks east of the Tri-Cities. Specifically, it starts at Smyth, Tazewell, and Grayson Counties and Southwest Virginia and Ashe, Watauga, Avery Counties in North Carolina, and points east/southeast from there.

Here’s a map of the area, which will give you a better idea of the territory the watch covers:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch outline through 11 PM from the SPC

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for storms to form that can produce damaging winds, heavy rain, large hail, and frequent lightning. The specific threats that make thunderstorms severe are 60mph winds or more, and hail larger than quarters.

Severe storms are already going on in North Carolina right now, and in Southwest Virginia strong storms are happening west of the watch box, near Nickelsville at 3 PM. Those will continue moving east/northeast, and we’ll see more storms pop up this afternoon. Even though we’re not IN the watch in the Tri-Cities, a severe storm is not out of the question this afternoon.

I’ll keep an eye on the storms both inside and outside of the severe thunderstorm watch box for the rest of the evening. If any warnings come up for severe thunderstorms, I’ll post them here, and/or on my Twitter. Remember, if you can hear thunder, lightning is within range! Get indoors quickly near thunderstorms to stay safe, regardless of warnings. Then, stay away from windows until storms are past your location.

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