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April 18, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Race Week Forecast I

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Typically in the summer, I’m talking about the same thing over and over and over, the “broken record” forecast. With constant disturbances moving through in the coming days, we’ll have the same thing here in the midst of Spring. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

It’s NASCAR week for Bristol, and the forecast does not look good at all. I will say that it won’t rain all day any day in the next five, but scattered showers and possible storms will put a big dent in the plans for racing at BMS this week and high school baseball, too, which is in its stretch run toward the playoffs. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Clouds and scattered showers, with patchy fog. Low 57.
  • Wednesday-Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm. High 72.
  • Wednesday night-Mostly cloudy with a few rain showers. Low 55.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy and dry early, with rain and storms possible in the afternoon. High 78.
  • Friday-Cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 74.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy with off-and-on showers and storms. High 75.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Highs near 70.

Cold fronts move through here Friday and Sunday, which of course is not good timing at all for race fans. Those will be the days where rain will have a chance of being more heavy and more frequent. Outside of that, we’ll have days a lot like today. Mostly clouds, with batches of rain here and there.

Sometimes inside those batches of rain we’ll get an embedded thunderstorm, so be aware of that. Last night at the Sullivan South baseball game, we sat out a 25 minute rain delay due to lightning late in the game. If baseball gets played in our area, there is a chance for that as well pretty much with any batch of rain that moves through.

It’s a little early to ask about whether races get in this weekend or not, but I figure the chances are about 6 in 10 that rain will slow things down at least once on Saturday, and 8 in 10 on Sunday. However, there’s a good chance we might get a long cloudy dry spell, too, and it doesn’t get long to get to halfway at Bristol these days. So we’ll see.

I’ll continue to have updates each day this week as the weekend gets here. For those of you interested in the high school baseball games, keep it here as well. It might be interesting getting those games in through the weekend as well, with a big tournament, the Tribe Classic, coming up around the area starting Thursday.

September 9, 2016 #TriCitiesWx and #BattleAtBristol Forecast

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It’s about time for the big game that we’ve been waiting a long time to see here in Bristol! But will there be rain? That’s a good question, one I’ll try to answer in this evening’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast.

This afternoon, it’s quite warm, with most of us around the 90 degree mark. Cooler spots are the normal ones, in the mountains north and east of the Tri-Cities. A cold front is moving our way, and will pass through on Sunday morning, which will cool us off, and perhaps bring rain as well. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. low 63.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny, a small chance of rain in the mountains late in the afternoon. Highs near 90.
  • Saturday night-Partly cloudy. A few scattered showers and storms are possible, but mostly after midnight. Low 65.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy, a few rain showers possible. High 82.
  • Monday-Mostly sunny. High 84.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny, with a slight chance of rain. High 86.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly sunny, high 86.

In terms of our weather for the past few days, it’s been a lot like summer. We’ll keep that trend tomorrow, just ahead of that cold front. Clouds should increase late tomorrow afternoon, and likely through the football game.

As for the Battle at Bristol, the weather should be mostly fine. Temperatures will drop from the mid 80’s at kickoff into the 70’s by the end of the game. Clouds will increase, and there could be a couple stray rain showers, mainly in the second half. A thunderstorm is possible. The best chances of rain appear to be after midnight. A little rain never hurt a football game, so we should be just fine!

That said, the majority of the rain will occur on Sunday, mainly in the morning hours. It will be a cooler day, with temperatures in the low 80’s. We’ll warm up into the mid 80’s through Wednesday, with a small chance of rain in play Tuesday and maybe late Wednesday or Wednesday night with a new cold front.

So it looks like all systems go for the game tomorrow night! If you’re one of those going to the game, enjoy it! It’s a fantastic thing for our town, and I know the speedway will put on a good show for everyone. Have a great weekend!

September 7, 2016 #TriCitiesWx and #BattleAtBristol Forecast

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Today has been another sunny and hot day, and we’re going to see that at least through Saturday, as a cold front gets itself organized and drifts our way. There is a chance of rain for the Battle at Bristol game, but I have some good news about that. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Monday!

With sunshine this afternoon, everyone is above 80, even folks in Boone and Jefferson, our normal cool spots. The Tri-Cities is near 90 as of 4:30 PM, with Knoxville at a steamy 95. We’ll cool down from that this weekend as a cold front moves through. That cold front will cause a lot of rain west of us between now and then, but looks to lose a lot of its moisture in the process. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, with patchy fog possible. Lows near 60.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny. High 91.
  • Thursday night-Partly cloudy, low 62.
  • Friday-Mostly sunny and hot. High 92.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny and hot, with a couple showers possible late and overnight. Highs near 90.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy, with a few scattered showers or storms mainly early in the day. Highs near 80.
  • Monday-Mostly sunny, high 82.

High pressure keeps us dry through most of Saturday. This is good news for the game for sure. By late in the day, a cold front may trigger a couple showers and storms. The later into the evening we go, the better of a rain chance we will see.

The good news is, this is football and not racing, so a little rain won’t hurt much. The other good news is that all week long, computer models have hinted that the front will lose a lot of its moisture by the time it gets here. That’s why rain chances have been so low.

So, I won’t take out rain chances completely for the Battle at Bristol just yet, especially when it comes to late in the game. Temperatures during the day will be close to 90, but by the end of the game, things should cool nicely into the 70’s. As it looks right now, most of the game should be dry.

After the game will be our best chance of rain, through Sunday morning. The cold front will move through early in the morning, and that will be it for rain chances. Look for sunshine to return Sunday, and continue at least into Monday, if not  Tuesday.

Make sure you tune in to the WHCB Fall Fundraiser! We’ve had a great first day, but more gifts are needed and appreciated! Listen in on 91.5 FM in the Tri-Cities (all the way to Knoxville, toward Boone, even toward Wytheville, too!) and online at WHCBRadio.org. We’re on today until 7pm, and then tomorrow 7am to 7pm. We’d love to have your help to keep us on the air!

Almanac Info-Temperatures

  • Tuesday: High 89, low 56.
  • Wednesday as of 4:30pm: High 90, Low 57.
  • Thursday’s Averages: High 82, Low 58.

Precipitation

  • Tuesday: None.
  • Month to Date: 0.61″, 0.03 below average.
  • Year to Date: 24.77″, 5.32″ below average.

September 6, 2016 #TriCitiesWx and #BattleAtBristol Forecast

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We’ve seen a few more clouds than anticipated today, but nothing has fallen forth from said clouds. That’s going to be the situation in the coming days until a cold front gives us a decent chance of rain halfway through the weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Sunday!

Temperatures are quite warm for most of us, except in Western North Carolina, where 80 degrees is the high mark. Everyone in the Tri-Cities is in the upper 80’s, with 90’s to our southwest. More summer heat is on the way before we cool off on Sunday. Here’s the outlook:

Tonight-Partly cloudy, with some patchy morning fog. Lows near 60. Mountains dropping into the mid 50’s.

Wednesday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 90.

Wednesday night-Partly cloudy. low 62.

Thursday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 90.

Friday-Partly to mostly sunny. Highs near 90.

Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny, with a small chance of rain/storms late in the day. High 88.

Sunday-A chance of morning showers or storms, becoming partly cloudy. High 84.

High pressure will keep our weather dry through Friday. We’ll heat up into the 90 degree range by then.

Over the past few days, the weather for the weekend has come a little more into focus. There’s still a few hours’ difference in the computer models when it comes to Saturday. Some put some rain in here during the game, others leave it until overnight/early Sunday morning.

To account for that, this forecast includes a small chance of rain late Saturday. Thankfully, rain doesn’t throw a monkey wrench into the works of a football game like it does NASCAR. That said, there is a chance for thunderstorms. And if that happens, the lightning will cause delays, per NCAA rules (smart rules to be sure!).

As it looks right now, the best chances of rain are likely late in the game, but mainly after it. Definitely good news there if things hold up. Keep in mind if you’re going to the game that rain gear might be needed, and there’s a possibility that delays might happen, causing a temporary move to the concourse for safety.

I’ll have another update tomorrow afternoon, hopefully shortly after 5pm. If you have questions, feel free to use the Contact link in the top right corner of the page, or reply to this message. Either way, I’ll get a notification and will get right back to you!

September 5, 2016 #TriCitiesWx and first #BattleAtBristol Forecast

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Early September can be well known for good doses of sunshine, and we’re having that so far this month. All indications right now show that we might see that trend continue well into the week, before our next chances of rain happen…yes, this weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the big game Saturday!

There’s not much to worry about through Thursday except a little morning fog and avoiding sunburns. Here’s the outlook:

Tonight-Mostly clear and cool, some patchy fog in the morning. Low 54.

Tuesday-Mostly sunny. High 86.

Tuesday night-Mostly clear. Low 59.

Wednesday-Mostly sunny. High 89.

Thursday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 90.

Friday-Partly to mostly sunny. A couple pop-up showers and storms are possible. High 89.

Saturday-Partly cloudy. A few showers and thunderstorms possible, mainly late. High 88.

High pressure will be around us for most of the rest of the week, providing us with sunshine and temperatures pushing closer to 90 the closer to Thursday we get.

A cold front will stay northwest of us until Saturday, when it will push through. It will be strong enough to get here and past us, but it might not have enough moisture to do a whole lot. So starting Friday, we might see a shower or thunderstorm late in the day.

As for the Battle at Bristol, the main issue is that it will be quite warm. Temperatures will be in the upper 80’s, perhaps 90 by the end of the afternoon, but will cool off a bit by game time. And with that cold front moving through, a shower or thunderstorm isn’t out of the question. But like I said yesterday, a little rain has never really hurt a football game, so we should be okay. The worst that could happen is an hour or so lightning delay.

So get preparations going early if you’re going to the game, mainly to stay cool. If rain or storms become an issue, the concourse is always a good place to be until things dry out.

I’ll keep an eye on that throughout the week, so keep checking here each afternoon. Have a great evening!

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