October 11, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

The rain has pretty much ended for our area from Tropical Storm Michael. In its place (and behind the cold front), cooler weather is on its way. It’s starting to feel like fall in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast!

The flood warnings posted earlier have either expired or were removed from west to east this afternoon. A good supply of sunshine has arrived for folks southwest of I-26, and should be around for all of us by the end of the afternoon. Here’s the outlook that features the cooler weather!

  • Tonight-Becoming partly cloudy. Lows near 40.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy. High 62.
  • Friday night-Partly to mostly cloudy, maybe a rain shower late. Low 45.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy, a small chance of rain early in the day. High 64.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy, with showers and storms possible late. High 63.
  • Monday-Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 70.

The rain we’ve seen today will break the record for most precipitation on record for our area on October 11th. It looks like around 0.88″ of rain fell at the airport, which breaks our record of 0.52″ from four years ago. It doesn’t look like we’ll add to that this evening.

We’ll have dry weather and cooler conditions tonight and tomorrow. Some in colder spots may drop into the upper 30’s overnight. Tomorrow, our high will be in the low 60’s, a bit below average for this time of year.

A disturbance brings a small chance of rain Friday night into early Saturday morning, but shouldn’t have any impact on high school football. Any rain that happens should be late at night through the early morning. By mid-morning Saturday, any rain will likely be gone, and we’ll have a great fall day.

Clouds increase Saturday night, with rain moving in Sunday afternoon. Our best  chance of rain looks to be on Monday into Tuesday as a cold front moves through.

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

October 10, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Hurricanes and cold fronts feature prominently in our weather at least through tomorrow, and we have cloud-induced records to talk about as well. It’s all here along with today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

Yesterday, we tied a record for the highest minimum temperature for October 9th, as we only dropped to 68 degrees. That’s the highest low temperature recorded for the day, meaning that every hour of Tuesday was at or above that 68 marker. There’s only one day that matches that for October 9, and that’s from just last year! There’s a decent chance we might break that record for today as well, depending on how things go by midnight.

That’s all thanks to the clouds streaming north from Hurricane Michael and those coming east from a cold front. A combination of the two will bring us lots of rain tonight through Thursday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and gusty winds. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Rain showers likely, could be heavy at times. Windy, with highs around 71.
  • Thursday night-Decreasing clouds and much cooler. Low 42.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy. High 65.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 64.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy with a couple afternoon showers and storms possible. High 65.

Rain is coming at us from south to north because of both of the major weather features nearby. As of early evening, we’re in a break in the rain except for folks along the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Rain will take a break for many of us tonight before more starts to stream our way early tomorrow.

Thursday won’t be a very fun day to be out. It’s probably going to be a good day to take off and read a book if you have the means to do so. We’ll have clouds and rain with gusty winds at times as well. If we hit 71 degrees, that will probably be early in the day, and we’ll see that dropping as the cold front moves through around noon.

Not long after that cold front gets through here, rain will start to end as well. The front is the steering mechanism that’s getting what’s left of Hurricane Michael to exit the Carolinas a lot quicker than Florence did last month. In fact, that storm will be long gone by the end of Friday.

Cooler weather moves in behind the front, and we’ll finally get to fall-like temperatures. Overnight lows in the low 40’s start Thursday night, and highs in the mid 60’s are likely starting Friday and through the weekend. Our next chance of rain could be late Sunday, when another cold front heads our way.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I’ll have one more this week before the weekend gets started…with football it’s always sooner than I’d like to start the weekend on Friday.

Speaking of that, we have the ETSU High School Football Game of the Week on Friday night. After a thrilling losing-streak ender at Sullivan Central last week, we return to Sullivan North for the last three regular season games of the year. This week, the Golden Raiders play Happy Valley in a big game for district playoff seeding. We’ll be on the air at 6:45 with a 7:30 kickoff from Bloomingdale on 96.3 The Possum. Check us out online at 963thepossum.com if you can’t listen on 96.3 FM.

September 12, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

It’s a wild time in the weather world, and a really scary one, too. There are quite a few hurricanes in the Atlantic to deal with, the main one being Florence. We know it’s going to hit the coast somewhere, but whether it’s North or South Carolina remains to be seen.  From there, it will bring rain and wind to us early next week. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

Florence doesn’t appear right now to be going where we thought it was going a couple days ago. Now, it looks to be heading farther south down the coast before it makes it inland in South Carolina. The track seems to go toward Georgia this weekend and up to our area early next week. But even that could change. Here’s the outlook based on what we know right now:

  • Tonight-A few evening showers, then partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Partly sunny with a small chance of rain or a thunderstorm. High 87.
  • Thursday night-Evening rain showers ending, becoming partly cloudy. Low 68.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny, only a small chance of rain. High 87.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy with a couple stray showers or storms. High 84.
  • Sunday-Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered storms develop in the afternoon. High 80.

As of the 5 PM National Hurricane Center update, Florence is a category 3 hurricane, with winds sustained at 120 mph. That’s still a nasty storm, but weaker than it was this time yesterday. As of that update, it’s supposed to skirt the North Carolina coast Friday, and make landfall in South Carolina (near the NC border) late that night or early Saturday.

If that pans out, tons of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina and in much of South Carolina. Storm surge will be dangerous near the coast, and the winds will be horrible. That said, it does appear that the storm will move away from there, which is somewhat good news. Florence looks to cut through South Carolina this weekend, and arrive in the Smokies on Monday.

Of course, that means our summer weather pattern should stay that way for a little longer. Where I was thinking yesterday that it might be raining for a lot of Saturday thanks to Florence, many of us might be rain-free, with only a small chance of a summertime pop-up shower or thunderstorm. That will be the case for tomorrow through Saturday.

By Sunday, as Florence weakens and comes inland, its rainfall will start approaching our area. Look for that to bring some gusty winds at times as well. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely by then, and could continue all the way through Tuesday.

That’s how it looks right now. I’ll try to have an update tomorrow before we do high school football on Friday night. This situation is changing by the day, but the one thing we’ve known for a while is that the Carolinas will see some awful weather along the coast starting tomorrow.

October 6, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Our long dry spell is nearing its conclusion, thanks to what is now Tropical Storm Nate. It arrives on Sunday, bringing rain starting late Saturday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Tuesday!

Straight to the outlook we go on this fine Friday:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 54.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds, a small chance of rain late. High 82.
  • Saturday night-Rain and storms likely with gusty winds. Low 64.
  • Sunday-Rain and storms likely with gusty winds. High 78.
  • Monday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Highs near 80.
  • Tuesday-Partly cloudy, with a few showers and storms. High 83.

There is a cold front to our northwest, but that won’t be what brings us the rain for the last half of the weekend. Currently, Tropical Storm Nate is just east of the Mexico coast, about to pass between that and Cuba. From there, it’s through the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow before making landfall along the Gulf Coast tomorrow night. It may well be a hurricane by then.

The first bits of rain we’ll see from that will be late tomorrow afternoon in spots to the south. Most of us, though, won’t see any rain until tomorrow night. From there, expect heavy rain and gusty winds at times with any of the storms through Sunday.

Nate gets through here by Monday, but a cold front does reach us starting Tuesday, so our rain chances diminish a little bit by then.

Keep in mind this weekend that storms could be pretty strong in spots as what’s left of Nate moves through here. Thankfully, it will get through here rather quickly, at least as far as tropical systems go.

I’ll make my way into the weather office (at least one of them) on Sunday and get a weekly forecast ready to roll then. Have a great weekend!

September 13, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Irma is still having an impact on our weather, with a lot of clouds around today. It’s no longer a tropical system, but what’s left of that storm will be leaving us for good in the coming days. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

I had to double-check, but according to Tri-Cities Airport records, we actually hit 80 degrees early this afternoon. That’s not the case now, as we’re five degrees below that late this afternoon. A small chance of rain comes in tomorrow, but the next few days look pretty nice. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with some scattered overnight rain showers. Low 58°.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy, a couple rain showers from time to time. High 72°.
  • Thursday night-A couple rain showers, otherwise cloudy with patchy fog. Low 58°.
  • Friday-Maybe a morning rain shower, otherwise partly cloudy. High 80°.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 81°.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 82°.

What’s left of Irma is no longer tropical, and has taken on cold and warm fronts. Once the cold front gets by here, we’ll start to clear out. As it is, the front is not well pronounced, so any organized heavy rain should be minimal.

But rain showers are possible later tonight and through Thursday before moving out Thursday night and Friday morning. After that, we’ll clear out and warm up. Highs in the low 80’s are likely by the weekend, with mid-80’s a possibility from that point through the middle of next week.

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