March 5, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It’s been dry since Friday! It’s always good to get a weekend without rain, and we did get that, as expected. We are going to see rain moving in tonight, and some of it might change over to snow tomorrow night in spots through Thursday morning. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

The good news is, it’s been so warm recently that the ground is also warm. So it’ll take a bit of snow to get accumulations of any kind, and I’m not sure we’ll get all that much. We could see rain mixing with snow at times, which should also keep accumulations down. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with rain developing late. Low 38.
  • Tuesday-Cloudy with morning rain showers. High 57.
  • Tuesday night-Mostly cloudy, rain and/or snow showers. Low 37.
  • Wednesday-Mostly cloudy with rain showers, mixing with snow in spots. High 47 (but dropping).
  • Thursday-Cloudy and cold with snow flurries. High 39.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy. High 48.

This appears right now to be an event where we see a good amount of breaks in the precipitation. Most of it in the Tri-Cities will be in the form of rain, with some snow toward the end of this late Wednesday into Thursday. Snow showers are more likely, with accumulations more likely, in the mountains of North Carolina and Southwest Virginia.

How much? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’m thinking if the Tri-Cities gets a dusting that will be about the most of it from a snow standpoint. Higher elevations might get an inch or two, and that appears to be largely dependent on how close to West Virginia you are.

In fact, I’m tempted to leave most of western North Carolina in the same boat with the Tri-Cities in seeing very little snow accumulation. The best chances of an inch or two are likely to be in Buchanan and Tazewell Counties in southwest Virginia. That’s right up there next to Kentucky and West Virginia.

I’ll keep a close eye on it, and make adjustments. Even as I was recording today, I thought that high Wednesday might be a bit ambitious. So it’s a good chance I’ll back off on that tomorrow. We’ll see what the weather computers tell me tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile, don’t be too concerned about the cold or snow. It won’t be around for long. Have a great Tuesday!

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February 28, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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It is the end of winter! For us meteorologists, Spring starts tomorrow. We’re not out of the woods with cold weather yet, but the worst is over for sure. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

It’s been quite warm recently, with several days above average in a row here. To be sure, cold snaps will happen between now and April, but it’s likely in my opinion that anything below 20 has probably happened for the year at this point here in the Tri-Cities. As for snow, our total at the airport is 4.7 inches. There’s still time to add to that, though.

We’re not going to add to that tomorrow or into the weekend. There might be some flurries in the mountains behind the cold front Thursday night, but that’s it through Sunday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with scattered showers. Low 48.
  • Thursday-Cloudy with rain showers and gusty winds. High 63.
  • Thursday night-Cloudy with scattered showers or a few mountain flurries. Low 35.
  • Friday-Decreasing clouds. High 49.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 48.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 55.

If the warm front gets through here before it dies out, it will do one or the other tonight. That’s going to keep our low temperature overnight close to the 50 degree mark. We’ll have scattered showers returning, as just after 5 PM there’s a bit of a dry slot here under cloudy skies.

Tomorrow should be a cloudy and windy day, ahead of the cold front we’ll have windy conditions as well. Despite the rain, it’ll be a warm day. Rain comes to an end tomorrow night, and clouds move out on Friday. We could get a total rainfall between an inch and 1.5 inches by the time the rain comes to an end.

Meanwhile on Friday, a nor’easter takes shape for the northeast. They’re looking at a lot of rain to start, followed by a lot of snow. Things should be interesting for folks in Ohio and Pennsylvania and points northeast in the coming days, with low pressure moving up the coast.

Here, the weekend looks fantastic. We’ll be between cold fronts, and it looks right now like we’ll get through the weekend rain free. I’ll have a better idea about that tomorrow afternoon, though, and definitely on Friday. Have a wonderful Thursday!

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February 23, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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As of almost 4 PM, we’re close to yet another record high! The record is 79 degrees, and we’re at 78 late this afternoon. Record heat comes to an end and rain moves in during today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast.

There were a few rain showers as close to us as southeast Kentucky, but we’ve been dry for the most part outside today. Rain chances go up late tomorrow afternoon, though, and continue through much of the weekend. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 54.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds, with afternoon showers and storms developing. High 74.
  • Saturday night-Cloudy with a few rain showers. Low 55.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. High 68.
  • Monday-Partly to mostly cloudy with a few rain showers. High 63.
  • Tuesday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 65.

We’ve had high pressure blocking a cold front that’s tried to get here for a couple days now. A warm front has gone through, which is the reason for all of our recent warm weather and record temperatures.

Eventually, a strong enough cold front will break through the blocking system and move into our area. That should happen late Saturday, and it will increase our chances of showers and possible thunderstorms as early as Saturday afternoon.

We’ll get a break Saturday night for a brief time before the front itself arrives on Sunday. We should have quite a lot of rain and possible thunderstorms on Sunday, and some of that might continue into early Monday as well. By the end of Monday, dry weather should be back, with a mainly sunny day coming up on Tuesday.

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

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February 22, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Two records were broken yesterday, and the rain has stayed away for today as well. A couple rain showers are possible tonight, but the next organized rain won’t happen until this weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Monday!

Yesterday, we broke two high temperature records. The record high was 82, beating the previous record from 1997, and beating the warmest February day by two degrees as well. So, since 1937 when records have been kept, it was the warmest February day on record. Also, a third record was broken as we had the warmest low temperature on record for February 21, at 60 degrees. That one was smashed, as the previous warmest low temperature for the date was 50 degrees, set just a few years ago.

All that said, our warm weather trend continues, as we’ll be 20 or more degrees above average through the weekend. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Variable clouds, a small chance of rain. Low 55.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy and warm, high near 80.
  • Friday night-Partly cloudy, low 54.
  • Saturday-Increasing clouds, scattered showers and storms late. High 74.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy, with rain likely and possible thunderstorms. Highs near 70.
  • Monday-Partly cloudy and cooler. Highs near 60.

There’s a lot to unpack here, including considering that Nashville is just approaching 60 degrees at 3 PM central time. Over here at the same time but in the Eastern time zone at 4 PM, it’s in the upper 70’s in the Tri-Cities, with the 80 number breached once again earlier this afternoon. A stationary front is between us, and it sent rain our way earlier. That rain fizzled out on the way, though, soon after it hit I-75.

A couple rain showers are still to our west, and they might get here and dampen things a bit tonight. Aside from that, most of us should be dry into Saturday. Tomorrow’s high of 80, should we hit that, will beat the record of 79 degrees set in 1996.

A cold front develops and then brings us rain on Saturday, but mainly late in the day. Thunderstorms are possible ahead of the front. Said front will move through on Sunday, bringing better chances of daytime rainfall, with thunderstorms a possibility as well. We’ll cool down a bit, but temperatures will still be above average throughout the forecast.

Behind the cold front, expect cooler temperatures to some degree. We’ll go from nearly 20 degrees above average to 8-10 degrees above average for Monday, with highs closing in on 60.

Be sure to tune in for WHCB’s Sharathon tomorrow! We’ve been on for a couple days (explaining my absence from the blog recently), and tomorrow is the final day. Tune in to 91.5 FM here in the Tri-Cities, or go to WHCBRadio.org and listen or give there. Please help us keep the ministry going through tomorrow evening!

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February 18, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Week Ahead Outlook

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Warm weather is coming! We’ll get a little rain early and then late this week, but warmer weather than average all week long! Here’s a quick outlook-only Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for this week!

I’ll have more details on the weather in the coming days, but I wanted to at least get a short one going as we finish off Sunday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with scattered showers developing. Low 45.
  • Monday-Some morning showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. Highs near 70.
  • Monday night-Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 48.
  • Tuesday-Sunny and warm. High 75.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly cloudy with afternoon showers and storms. High 74.
  • Thursday-Cloudy skies with rain likely. High 68.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly cloudy with a small chance of rain. Highs near 70.

We’ll spend the majority of the week 15-20 degrees above our mid-February averages, with record highs possible on Tuesday. That record is 75 degrees from 2014, so it’s a good chance!

I’ll have more on the forecast ready to go as I can in the next few days. Have a great week!

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