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UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES THROUGH FRIDAY
MAJOR RAINMAKER HEADING OUR WAY FRIDAY/ FRIDAY NIGHT
FLOOD WATCH FOR SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT
WE ARE TRACKING COLDER CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND, WITH RAIN RETURNING SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY
Tonight: Scattered showers. Mild. Lows 52-57. Southwest wind 10 mph or less.
Friday: Rain likely. Rain may be locally heavy, especially north and west of the Tri-Cities. Highs 60-66. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.
Friday night: Rain likely. Rain may mix with sleet or freezing rain northwest of the Tri-Cities late. Lows 32-38.
Saturday: Slight chance of a morning shower(mix mountains?). Colder. Highs 38-45.
We are tracking a major storm system heading toward the Tri-Cities. Dangerous winter weather is occurring across the middle of the nation. Freezing rain, sleet, snow and bitter cold are occurring behind a cold front that will approach the Tri-Cities tonight.
We will remain on the warm side of this system through Friday. Occasional rain showers are Friday and Friday night. Rain could be heavy at times, especially north and west of the Tri-Cities. A flood watch is in effect for southeast Kentucky through Friday night.
Excessive rain is also possible for those border counties along the Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia state lines. This would include Buchanan, Dickenson, Wise, and Lee Counties in Virginia, as well as Hancock County, Tennessee.
In general through Friday night, 1" to 1.5" of rain is expected for the Tri-Cities area, 1.5" to 3" near the Kentucky/Virginia border, and 0.50" to 1.0" eastern areas.
Colder air will spread into the Tri-Cities late Friday night. Some sleet or light freezing rain may develop for a brief time toward morning Saturday along the Kentucky/Virginia border.
Right now, it appears Saturday will be mostly dry... with perhaps a shower in spots early. 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 and into parts of southwest Virginia. A brief period of sleet or snow may also occur over the northern counties of southwest Virginia. By later Sunday afternoon, temperatures should be above freezing everywhere allowing for just rain(except near the Blue Ridge where temperatures may struggle to get above freezing).
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.
Rainfall totals from tonight through Monday night will likely be in the 1.5" to 4" range, with higher totals west and northwest of the Tri-Cities.
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.
Highs will be mainly in the 60s on Friday. Highs will be much colder this weekend through Thursday, with temperatures topping out in the 40s Saturday and Sunday, lower 50s Monday, and lowering into the upper 30s to lower 40s Tuesday through Thursday. Lows will only drop into the upper 40s to lower 50s tonight, middle 30s to lower 40s Friday night through Sunday night, lower 30s Monday night, and upper teens to lower 20s Tuesday and Wednesday 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°.
Meteorologist Dave Dierks