WE ARE TRACKING HIGH PRESSURE AND COLD TEMPERATURES FOR FRIDAY MORNING
WINTRY MIX POSSIBLE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING
RAIN LIKELY SATURDAY, ENDING AS SOME SNOW SUNDAY
Tonight: Clear and very cold. Lows 15-20. South wind 10 mph or less.
Friday: Morning sunshine, then increasing clouds. Not as cold. Highs 43-48. Southwest wind 10 mph or less.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Light rain, light snow, or a mix developing, mainly after midnight. Lows 29-35. East wind 10 mph or less.
Saturday: Rain likely (mix possible eastern areas in the morning). Highs 40-46. Southeast wind 10 mph or less.
We are tracking an area of high pressure in the region. This will provide us with clear skies and lows about 10 degrees below normal, mainly in the 10s! That's nowhere near the record low for Friday morning, which is -9° set in 1962!
Even though winds will be relatively light, it doesn't take much wind to feel really cold this time of year! We want to alert you to wind chills in the 0s and 10s at times through Friday morning, so dress warmly when heading out.
A storm system will take shape over the southern Plains on Friday and head east with a low developing over the Mississippi Valley. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will flow toward the southern Appalachians on Friday and increase the clouds through the day. The Tri-Cities will be warmer on Friday thanks to a southerly flow of air.
StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking this storm system closely, because as moisture moves in Friday night (mainly after midnight), light rain, light snow, or a mix is possible with lows in the lower 30s. The best chance of a mix or light snow will be north and east of the Tri-Cities. A light snow accumulation of around 1 inch or less is possible by Saturday morning, mainly across the higher elevations above 2500 feet. Be alert to slick roads, especially north and east of the metro Friday night and Saturday morning.
Any areas that see a mix or light snow early Saturday will change to rain during the morning. Just a cold rain for the Tri-Cities during the day Saturday.
As a cold front sweeps through the region Saturday night we will see cold air wrap back into the region. With moisture in place we expect to see a change over back to snow showers and flurries. Valley flurries and mountain snow showers are likely Sunday, mainly in the morning. A light snow accumulation is possible in the mountains once again. We may see some clearing late Sunday.
High pressure will again become the main weather feature Monday through Wednesday. We will see a dry and mostly sunny pattern with near to slightly below normal temperatures.
Highs will be in the middle 40s Friday and Saturday. Upper 30s Sunday, then back in the 40s for highs for much of next week. Lows will be in the upper 10s tonight, low to mid 30s Friday and Saturday night, and 20s Sunday night through Wednesday night.
You can always get the latest forecast, radar, and weather alerts on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 49°, normal low 28°.
Forecast updated Thursday at 11:02 pm
Meteorologist Kaitlin Penfold