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February 2, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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The snow has come and gone, and we have clear skies as of just before 4 PM. We’ll have calm weather into Saturday before our next chance of some sort of precipitation comes in Saturday night and Sunday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Tuesday!

A few snow totals passed on to me by the National Weather Service folks earlier today:

  • Wise, Virginia 3″
  • Lebanon, Virginia 2″
  • Jonesville, Virginia 1.5″
  • Abingdon, Virginia 1.5″
  • Blountville, Tennessee 0.9″
  • Tri-Cities Airport 0.8″ (half of that before midnight and half after)

That pretty much fell as expected, although I thought the Tri-Cities would get at least 1 inch, and the higher Southwest Virginia totals would be 3-4 inches. I’ll take that! Another winter weather situation is possible this weekend, though, and with that comes the outlook through Tuesday:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy and cold. Low 13.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly cloudy. High 44.
  • Saturday night-Cloudy with rain developing, changing to snow. Lows near 30.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy. Snow to start, changing to freezing rain then cold rain. High 44.
  • Monday-Partly cloudy. Highs near 40.
  • Tuesday-Increasing clouds, a small chance of rain. Highs near 50.

Other than frigid conditions tonight, our weather stays calm for the next 24-30 hours (starting at 4 PM). A cold front brings in rain Saturday night, which will eventually change over to snow. Then on Sunday morning, the snow will transition to rain, with a time of freezing rain in the middle. There’s probably going to be a mix of everything for a time as well.

All of this changing of precipitation types will keep us from getting a lot of snow or ice, it appears. The more rain or freezing rain, the less snow we will get. So as of right now, Saturday night and early Sunday should only yield an inch of snow in the Tri-Cities if that, with 2-4″ in the mountains. It looks like this time higher totals might be in the North Carolina mountains this time as opposed to Virginia.

We will change over to all rain Sunday, ending with flurries Sunday night. Two mostly dry days will ensue, as we warm up to near 40 on Monday and 50 on Tuesday. Rain is a possibility late Tuesday as another cold front approaches at that time.

Bottom line at this point is to be careful driving Sunday morning, especially early. Snowfall from overnight with a short amount of freezing rain might make driving rather difficult. That said, everything will change to rain during the day, and the ice threat will eventually come to an end.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I post one every day (except most Saturdays) between 4 and 7 PM. I’ll have another one late on Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Categories: Daily Forecast, Winter

January 17, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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We’ve had our snow, and some snow days to boot. Now, we get the cold weather over the next couple days. Warmer weather is not too far ahead, though. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!

Snow totals from yesterday generally stayed where I thought they would. Most locations received over an inch of snow and less than two, namely Pound, Kingsport, Lebanon, Blountville, Bristol, and Bluff City. There was a report of two inches of snow in Greeneville, and 3 in St. Paul. The big winner around here, of course, is Roan Mountain with 3.5 inches of snow.

These numbers are tripled when you look at central North Carolina today. To the northwest of Raleigh there have been reports of 8-10 inches of snow, with 11 reported in a location or two. So that’s the good news…we didn’t get a big snow.

With that said, we’re going to have cold weather in the near term, but warming up to above average later on. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, frigid. Low 8.
  • Thursday-Sunny. High 38.
  • Thursday night-Mostly clear. Low 12.
  • Friday-Sunny. High 48.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 50.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 58.

Our average temperature for this part of January is around 45 degrees, and we’re clearly well below that with our high of 22 today. We’re much closer to that tomorrow, and a touch over it for Friday.

This weekend looks fantastic, like car washing weather, honestly. I think I’ve featured my little red car (which I’ve named Ashley because of this story) on the blog before, and that poor automobile is a nasty mess. So this weekend I know I’ll be off to get the thing cleaned up! We’ll see temperatures getting to around 50 on Saturday and well above that for Sunday.

Our next chance of rain at this point comes in on Monday with an approaching cold front. So there’s a lot of calm weather ahead of us if you can endure the cold for the next couple days!

Categories: Daily Forecast, Winter

January 16, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Snow Update

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You’re not seeing snow as of about noon, right? Right. That’s pretty much by design, and snow is indeed on the way.

The surprise was the fact that the sun was out this morning! That’s helped us warm up to close to 40 in spots this afternoon. That all is about to change as a cold front is in the process of moving through.

Proof of that is in the temperatures, going from east to west from Virginia through Tennessee:

  • Mountain Empire Airport (Marion/Wytheville): 40
  • Virginia Highlands Airport (Abingdon): 38
  • Elizabethton Airport: 39
  • Tri-Cities Airport: 39
  • McGhee Tyson Airport: 39
  • Knoxville Downtown: 39
  • Oak Ridge: 33
  • Crossville: 19
  • Cookeville: 18
  • Nashville International: 14
  • West Nashville: 12
  • Clarksville: 10
  • Paris: 10 (with 7 inches of snow reported)
  • Union City: 9

Snow is falling in most places west of I-75 and through much of Eastern Kentucky at this point. Snow is nearly over in Nashville, and the reports there are coming in between 1 and 3 inches, with most at or below 2. Parts of Kentucky are seeing 3-5 inches of snow.

As for our area, clouds increased today rather than last night for the most part, allowing for that sunshine earlier. The sun is gone now (at least in Blountville) and snow will begin in the next few hours.

And as indicated by the temperatures above, the farther we get into the snow, the colder it’s going to get. Middlesboro, Kentucky, started to see snow around 9am, and they’ve dropped from 32 degrees to 25 in that amount of time.

By 3pm or so, we should all be seeing snow and traffic conditions should start to deteriorate as the day wears on. It might be a good idea to be home by 5 if that’s at all possible.

I’ll have a full forecast coming up at about that time this afternoon.

Categories: Winter

January 12, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s an interesting weather day in the state of Tennessee. While it’s fifty degrees and raining here, a couple inches of snow are on the ground west of Nashville. A cold front comes through tonight, ending the warm weather trend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Tuesday!

In Abingdon, it’s 57 degrees as of around 4 PM. It’s 54 in the Tri-Cities, 55 in Knoxville, and 45 in Oak Ridge. That’s where the cold front sits, as the temperature stands at 23 in Nashville, with some locations on the other side of the state of Tennessee reporting temperatures in the teens. That cold air and some of the snow are headed this way. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Scattered showers this evening, then snow showers after midnight. Low 28.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy and windy with scattered snow showers. High 40 around midnight.
  • Saturday night-Cloudy and cold. Low 14.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy. High 32.
  • Monday-Increasing clouds, a few flurries possible late. High 40.
  • Tuesday-Cloudy with scattered snow showers. High 33.

There is a big break in the precipitation (known in “the biz” as a dry slot) coming up I-81 this afternoon. So for much of the evening, rain will be absent except for a stray shower. By the time the next big batch of precipitation comes our way, it’ll be in the way of snow.

So, instead of going from rain to sleet to a mix of everything to snow, we’ll go from rain through early evening to nothing to snow late tonight. The cold front pushes the first batch of rain away, and that’s when we’ll see the break and then the snow.

As for accumulations, I’m not expecting too much with this. In the Tri-Cities, an inch of snow might be ambitious, but there may be a few inches in the higher elevations when it gets colder quicker.

My big concern is all the rain happening now, then cold temperatures. That could lead to slippery roads, especially late tonight through tomorrow. The dry slot may help us beat that this evening, as traffic will help dry the roads. Still, after 10 PM or so tonight, driving may get a little interesting.

We’ll have snow showers at least during the morning tomorrow, tapering off to afternoon flurries. I wrote that the high will be near 40, but that’ll happen at midnight tonight. We’ll have temperatures in the 30’s for much of Saturday.

We’ll get a dry but cold day Sunday and most of Monday before another front arrives. We’ll have some snow showers possible Monday night and into Tuesday. I’m interested in the timing of this system, because if the warm air doesn’t arrive before the front does, we might see a good chance at some snow. I’ll have updates on that Sunday night.

Keep in mind potential travel issues late tonight through Saturday morning, and the cold after that. Have a great weekend!

Categories: Daily Forecast, Winter

March 14, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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There’s snow flying around this afternoon here in the Tri-Cities, but it’s nothing near what’s happening not all that far away! We’ll see the light snow and flurries taper off by tomorrow afternoon, but then the cold air makes the news. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Sunday!

The cold spot right now around the area, at least as I’m typing this, is Tazewell, Virginia, at 23 degrees. The warm spot around our area is Knoxville at 35. That’s it! Winter has returned, but not with much snowfall, and we haven’t seen all season what they’re getting in Pennsylvania and New York right now! More on that in a moment, here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy and cold, flurries and windy. Low 18.
  • Wednesday-Cloudy with flurries to start, partly cloudy and windy late. High 35.
  • Wednesday night-Partly cloudy and cold again. Low 18.
  • Thursday-Mostly sunny. High 44.
  • Friday-Increasing clouds, a few scattered afternoon rain showers. High 54.
  • Saturday-Rain likely early, otherwise mostly cloudy. High 57.
  • Sunday-Decreasing clouds and cooler. High 48.

I’ve seen reports today of a foot of snow in the far northeastern tip of West Virginia, northern New Jersey, and close to a foot and a half in parts of New York and Connecticut. It seems like winter just flipped a switch, especially up that way!

Flurries and light snow showers will be all we see here, and that should end by early afternoon tomorrow. The sky will try to clear some during the day, but we will be lucky to be above freezing for too long tomorrow.

Thursday looks like a dry day and a little warmer, but still way below average. We’ll get closer to our average temperature (around 58 degrees) on Friday as a cold front approaches. That will bring rain as soon as Friday afternoon, but the best bet for rain showers will be Friday night and early Saturday.

As that front gets out of here, the second half of the weekend will be cool and dry. We might even see a little sunshine late on Sunday!

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Temperature permitting, I’ll be at Sullivan South for their game against Happy Valley on Thursday afternoon. All the action can be heard on 870 AM, 100.7 FM, and the new 96.3 FM starting a little before 5 PM on Thursday. I hope you’ll be tuned in!

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