October 11, 2018 Flood Warnings Update

It’s been a rainy day, as expected, but things are starting to wind down in the Tri-Cities. Regardless of that, rain will still be around off-and-on for a bit, so the National Weather Service has several flooding products up.

  • A Flood Warning is up until 5 PM for Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington (both TN and VA), Johnson and Carter Counties, including Bristol, Virginia. This is for urban and small streams, which basically means if it normally floods when it rains hard, it likely is right now. Stay out of any place that typically has standing water at times like these, or could in a short amount of time.
  • Flash Flood Warnings are up in western North Carolina along with Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe Counties in southwest Virginia until mid-afternoon. These areas east of the Tri-Cities have experienced much more rainfall, and especially considering the mountains, flooding can occur quickly. Never try to cross flooded roads in situations like this, and find another way to get where you’re going.
  • Flood Advisories are up for Washington, Greene, and Unicoi Counties and down into the Smokies until early afternoon. If you’re near creeks and smaller streams, they will be at higher levels than normal for a while until the rain finally does stop.

Some schools in the mountains are closing early due to the flooding, so make sure to look for the notifications on your phone for such things. I’ve seen Watauga County, NC, and Carter County, TN make those type of decisions already, but nobody any farther west as of 11:20 AM.

Typical flooding conditions for heavy rain are happening in the typical places in our area, so be prepared for that. As mentioned above, if you know it floods in heavy rain, stay out of it until the rain stops and the waters recede.

The cold front that’s part of all this rain is near Crossville as of this post, headed our way. Once it goes through here, it’ll push Tropical Storm Michael (which is centered near Charlotte now) away from us and rain will come to an end. Dry weather and much cooler conditions happen after that.

April 27, 2016 Severe Weather Update

The short and sweet of it is, there is no severe weather to report! There are thunderstorms around, mainly in Southwest Virginia, but that’s it. The line of storms ran through Kentucky and died out on its way here. The storms I’m about to show are ones that developed ahead of that line.

Storms have fired up with heavy rain in spots between Jonesville and Saltville, including Hansonville and Nickelsville. Lightning and thunder are there, but nothing is severe with these storms.

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Here’s a look at what’s left of the line of storms, still in Eastern Kentucky. A few rain showers and maybe a rumble of thunder will move through Southwest Virginia, preceded by a big gust of wind, an outflow boundary coming from the storms. Again, nothing is severe, so we should be able to sleep reasonably well the rest of the night.

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More storms are possible both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings, so I’ll keep an eye on those. My next forecast will be up sometime between 4 and 6 PM. Have a good night!

October 2, 2015 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

It’s been a cloudy, chilly, rainy day across a lot of the region, and lots more rain is on the way through the weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Tuesday!

Temperatures around the area with all the clouds and rain haven’t gotten close to normal, as the high at the airport was 61 degrees. Folks in the mountains saw temperatures in the 50’s throughout the afternoon! Not a fun thing if you have to be outside! Here’s the forecast for the coming days:

Tonight-Rain developing again, could be heavy at times. Low 55.

Saturday-Rain likely, could be heavy at times. High 65.

Saturday night-More rain likely, low 57.

Sunday-Cloudy, with scattered showers. High 68.

Monday-Partly cloudy, a few stray rain showers. High near 70.

Tuesday-Partly to mostly sunny, and dry. High 72.

Very quickly, Hurricane Joaquin has taken the path that the computer models from Europe predicted days ago, and the storm’s going out to sea. That’s good news, except for some high surf along the East Coast through the weekend.

The storm is moving out that way thanks to a little bit of help from low pressure off the Georgia and South Carolina coast. It’s been there for a while, and the circulation around it is what is giving Joaquin the boost to be mostly a fish storm. THAT area of low pressure, though, is what is causing potentially historic amounts of rain in the Carolinas. One of the outlooks I saw posted a chance of 19 inches of rain near Columbia, South Carolina, between now and Monday! That’s not good, and will cause flooding all across the Carolinas if that happens.

Here, we will see heavy rainfall at several intervals through the weekend. Be prepared for that if you live near flood prone areas. Rain will start to lessen in intensity on Sunday, and start moving out on Monday, as that low pressure finally goes the way of Joaquin and gets out of everyone’s hair. It looks like 2 inches of rain is possible for some of us through Monday. For that reason, the National Weather Service has us all under a Flash Flood Watch starting Saturday morning at 8am, going through the same time Sunday morning.

That said, if you’re going to see football at Appalachian State, ETSU, or Tennessee this weekend, take a poncho. Most places like that don’t let you bring in umbrellas, so keep that in mind. All games are still scheduled to be played as of 6pm Friday night. So if you go, be advised that like most of the water rides say at Dollywood, you WILL get wet!

Once the low pressure moves out of here, things will calm down. Tuesday looks like a dry day, with Wednesday and Thursday being dry before a potential cold front arrives late next week.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I’m heading up to WABN tonight to help with football as the Abingdon Falcons play. That game is also still going to be played, and you can listen to the game starting at 7:15pm on 1230 AM, 103.3 FM, and online at WABN1230.com. My forecast is also on that station, twice each hour!

July 13, 2015 #TriCitiesWx Quick Forecast

You’ve heard enough from me this evening, so I’m going to do a short forecast and get out of here for tonight. Before I do, most of us are clear from the storms now. By 8pm, the storms will be in North Carolina or far enough east in Virginia to call the whole thing done for the night.

I did get a lot of reports of wind damage, trees falling and that sort of thing, especially up in Abingdon. Apparently the trees that are down fell in downtown! Throughout the area, though, the winds from this storm did a good job knocking down trees. Some of the storms even dropped hail the size of quarters near Blountville!

There are a few more scattered rain showers that could run through the area tonight, but for the most part skies should be mostly cloudy, and there may be morning fog. Look for lows by then around 68.

Tuesday features another chance of severe thunderstorms, mainly late in the afternoon and into the evening once again. Look for some sunshine and warm weather before that happens as we warm up to 87. Tomorrow night should be quite stormy, with some of the storms potentially severe into the overnight hours.

It’ll be partly cloudy, with some showers and storms possible on Wednesday, but the day will get better as it goes along, warming up to around 87.

Thursday looks like a mostly dry, mostly sunny day. We’ll get up to 90 by the end of the afternoon.

Finally, Friday looks like a typical summer day. It’ll be partly to mostly sunny, with a pop-up thunderstorm not out of the question by the afternoon. It will be hot, with highs around 92.

A word to the wise, if you are on Twitter or Facebook, make sure you follow local folks, especially fire departments, law enforcement, and school systems and local governments. They are a good source of information after the storms as to where the damage from the storms is located.

With that, I’m done for the evening. Thanks for checking here for the forecast, and not getting too annoyed at all the messages this afternoon. Have a great Tuesday!

July 12, 2015 Severe Thunderstorms Update

The simplest way to put things is how I just said it on Twitter. If you’re near a thunderstorm, assume it’s severe and get indoors. A very large chunk of the area is under a severe thunderstorm warning that ends between now and 7:30pm. And those who aren’t still have storms around that have lots of lightning and rain at least.

If you’re in Lee, Wise, Buchanan, Dickenson Counties in southwest Virginia, all of this is past you for the night. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cancelled for you folks. Everyone else is still under the same watch until 10pm. Stay safe out there!