Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED THE REST OF THE WORKWEEK
STRONG, GUSTY WINDS CONTINUE OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS
A WIND ADVISORY UNTIL MIDNIGHT FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA
NEXT STORM SYSTEM TRACKS INTO THE REGION THIS WEEKEND
Tonight: Clearing and cold. Lows 15-22. Winds northwest 5-15 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 38-45. Winds west 5-10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly or mostly cloudy. Lows 20-25. Winds northwest 5-10 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and cold. Highs 35-40.
We are tracking a departing storm system in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. A cold, northwest flow will result in below normal temperatures through the remainder of the week.
Tonight, clearing is expected with low temperatures dropping into the upper teens to lower 20s. Gusty winds will continue, especially over the higher elevations. A wind advisory is in effect through midnight for the mountains of North Carolina. Northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph are expected with gusts to 50 mph.
The wind will be make it feel even colder. Wind chills over the higher elevations will be in the single digits at times tonight. The winds will diminish over the lower elevations, so the wind chill won't be as severe. Be alert to the dangers that winter chill poses, and be prepared for the below average temperatures the next few days.
Sunshine is expected Wednesday with highs in the upper 30s to middle 40s. A moisture-starved cold front will move through the southern Appalachian Wednesday evening. While some clouds may increase across the Tri-Cities Wednesday night, we are not expecting much precipitation other than a few flurries potentially over the higher elevations. Lows Wednesday night will drop into the lower 20s.
Sunshine returns Thursday with temperatures holding in the 30s to around 40s for highs. Lows Friday morning will drop into the teens. Partly sunny conditions are expected during the day Friday with highs mainly in the 40s.
StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking an area of low pressure that will move from the Mississippi Valley across the Tennessee Valley, to the east coast this weekend. Right now it looks like rain for the Tri-Cities region Saturday. A brief period of a wintry mix may develop at the onset of the precipitation, especially over the higher elevations.
Colder air will wrap into the Tri-Cities region late Saturday night allowing for the possibility of a few flurries to develop into Sunday, with snow showers possible over the higher elevations. Accumulation, if any, over the higher elevations is expected to be light.
Cold, but dry weather is forecast Monday and Tuesday. Highs Saturday will be in the middle to upper 40s, upper 30s to lower 40s Sunday, and middle 30s to lower 40s on Monday and Tuesday. Lows will be in the lower 30s this weekend, then upper teens to around 20 Monday and Tuesday.
You can always get the latest forecast, radar and weather information on News 5 WCYB, wcyb.com and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 49°, low 29°.
Meteorologist Dave Dierks