RAIN SHOWERS ON AND OFF THROUGH WEDNESDAY
RAIN TOTALS BETWEEN 1-3" - FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT
FLASH FLOODING UNLIKELY, SMALL STREAM/RIVER FLOODING POSSIBLE
COOLER AND DRIER LATER IN THE WEEK
Tonight: Scattered showers and patchy fog. Very mild. Lows 47-53. South wind 5-10 mph.
Tuesday: Scattered rain showers, especially late. Breezy at times and warm. Highs 59-65. South wind 5-15 mph.
Tuesday Night: Rain likely. Heavier pockets mainly along and east of I-81. Patchy fog. Lows 47-54. Winds becoming light.
Wednesday: Scattered showers, especially early. Gradually tapering off from west to east. Breezy. Highs 50-57. West wind 10-25 mph.
A cold front has stalled out in the southern Appalachians region. As this front continues to meander around us, a few weather disturbances will ride along it. The moisture and lift with these systems will be enough to produce some on and off, light to moderate rain showers through Tuesday.
This front finally picks up steam late Tuesday and early Wednesday, as another system kicks it east. With this second system, we'll see some scattered showers push through before a rush of cooler air. Some of the showers we see, especially late Tuesday and early Wednesday, may be heavy. That would likely be the case along and east of I-81 in the mountains and foothills of east Tennessee and North Carolina.
With the rain over the next few days, we may face some issues on the roadways, in which ponding can lead to hydroplaning in a few cases. Runoff may also become an issue. While flash flooding isn't likely, areas that see more rain may see some stream flooding become possible between now and Wednesday. That's why a Flood Watch is in effect for parts of east Tennessee and southwest Virginia through Wednesday morning. One area to watch is the Clinch River near Speers Ferry, which is forecast to get near flood stage by Wednesday. Rain totals may amount anywhere from 1-2" (locally more) between now and Wednesday afternoon.
Afterwards, things look cooler and mostly rain-free from Thursday through Sunday. High and low temperatures will return to more seasonable levels during that time. A stray shower and more clouds come into the forecast on Monday with warmer temperatures as well.
Temperature Outlook: Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s Tuesday, upper 40s to middle 50s Wednesday through Sunday - mid to upper 50s on Monday of next week. Lows in the upper 40s to low 50s through Tuesday night, 30s Wednesday night, and upper 20s through Saturday night - near freezing Sunday night.
Our average high is 52°, low 31°.
Meteorologist Chris Michaels