UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES THROUGH FRIDAY
MAJOR RAINMAKER HEADING OUR WAY TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT
FLOOD WATCH FOR SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT
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WE ARE TRACKING COLDER CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND, WITH RAIN RETURNING SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY
Today: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Warm. Highs 65-70. Southwest wind 10 mph or less.
Tonight: Showers likely. Isolated thundershowers. Mild. Lows 49-54. Southwest wind 10 mph or less.
Friday: Occasional rain. Rain may be locally heavy. Highs 60-65. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.
We are tracking above normal temperatures in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. A warm, southerly flow of air will boost highs to well above normal levels through Friday.
While humidity levels will be on the increase, no trigger for widespread rain will be available until later today and tonight when a cold front approaches from the west. Rain chances will increase to around 40% this afternoon and 70% tonight. Rain will be likely Friday and Friday night until a cold front slides through the Tri-Cities early Saturday. As the rain ends early Saturday, a few pockets of freezing rain or sleet will be possible for a brief time.
Right now, it appears Saturday will be mostly dry... with perhaps a shower in spots early and again late in the day. Temperatures will be much cooler this weekend. Another wave of moisture will arrive in the Tri-Cities Saturday night into Sunday bringing more wet weather for the second half of the weekend.
Cold enough air may be in place for the rain to begin as freezing rain over the mountains of North Carolina into adjacent counties of southwest Virginia. By later Sunday afternoon, temperatures should be above freezing everywhere allowing for just rain.
The rainy weather will likely continue into Monday. As a strong cold front sweeps across the southern Appalachian region Monday night, colder air will be ushered into the Tri-Cities. Rain showers may mix with or change to snow showers Monday night and Tuesday before ending.
Mostly sunny and cold conditions are expected on Wednesday.
The main danger we need to alert you to over the next several days is the possibility of heavy rainfall. The StormTrack 5 weather team will track any flood threat closely and bring you any alerts that may become necessary. Right now, a general 2" to 4" of rain is expected tonight through Monday night, with perhaps more over the western part of the viewing area.
Temperatures this week will be warm for the first week of December! Highs will be in the middle 60s to near 70 today (close to the record high of 74) and mainly in the 60s on Friday. Highs will be cooler this weekend through Wednesday with temperatures topping out in the 40s to middle 50s Saturday through Monday, and lowering into the upper 30s to lower 40s Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will only drop into the upper 40s to lower 50s tonight, upper 30s to lower 40s Friday night through Sunday night, lower 30s Monday night, and near 20 Tuesday night.
You can always get the latest weather alerts, forecasts, and radar on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 51°, normal low 30°.
Forecast updated Thursday at 8:12 am
Meteorologist David Boyd