Rain, rain, and more rain. We’re close to a nearly 50 year old record for the most recorded rain in history for April 23. That’s awful timing with NASCAR in town, but they’ll try it again tomorrow and should have more luck! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for this week!
First of all, there’s a flood warning for most of us through early tomorrow morning. We’re all also under a flood watch until 2pm tomorrow. In fact, the NWS just continued a flood warning for the North Fork of the Holston River (near Gate City) until 10:30 tomorrow. With all the rain we’re getting, that should be no surprise. Be VERY careful if you encounter flooding tonight and tomorrow!
Normally, I do this Sunday forecast outlook-only with a short explainer. This won’t be the case today with the flooding issues and the race happening tomorrow. I always do start out with the quick forecast, and here that is:
- Tonight-Rain is likely, flooding possible in spots. Low 48.
- Monday-A few morning rain showers during a cloudy day. High 65.
- Monday night-Partly to mostly cloudy, a few mountain rain showers. Low 50.
- Tuesday-Partly sunny, except more clouds/sprinkles in the mountains. High 74.
- Wednesday-Mostly sunny. High 82.
- Thursday-Increasing clouds, showers and storms possible late. High 81.
- Friday-Partly cloudy, a few rain showers early. Highs near 80.
It appears that the rainfall record for today has in fact fallen. In 1968 there was 1.32″ of rain, which is the most rain in recorded history for the Tri-Cities Airport. We’re at 1.52″ now, so I’m sure the record breaker alerts will be issued once we hit midnight.
That said, low pressure is in Georgia right now, and it will head toward the South Carolina coast tomorrow and then proceed up the coast away from us. As it does that, our chances of rain will drop considerably. Heavy rain is possible for sure tonight, and perhaps early tomorrow. From there, rain gets more scattered and eventually will go away.
That being said, in the North Carolina mountains another round of rain will move through as the Low moves up the coast. That could bring a little more rain there, potentially into early Tuesday.
As far as NASCAR is concerned, they’re going to get the race in tomorrow. Sure, there might be delays, but the speedway has lights, so they’ll run it in prime time if they have to. The forecast looks better and better as the day goes on, but a few more rain showers aren’t out of the question.
After that, we’ll see sunshine here in the Tri-Cities for most of a couple days, possibly into a third. Once that low is gone, our next chances of rain don’t arrive until late on Thursday. As it looks right now, rain with this system is most likely Thursday night.
If you’re still in town for the race, thanks for staying! You might have to battle a little rain tomorrow, but I’m fairly certain they’ll get at least half of the 500 laps in tomorrow, and honestly the whole thing should get in unless NASCAR gets tired of trying. They hit that point very early today, but it won’t be that way tomorrow so they can get the tour to the next stop.
Thanks for looking here for the forecast, have a great Monday!