WIND ADVISORY UNTIL 4:00 PM FOR MOST OF NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
RAIN OR RAIN AND SNOW MIX DEVELOPS TUESDAY NIGHT AND ENDS EARLY WEDNESDAY
A CHANCE OF SNOW OR RAIN SHOWERS FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT
A CHILLY THANKSGIVING DAY IS FORECAST WITH A CHANCE OF A FEW FLURRIES
This Afternoon: Partly cloudy. Breezy. High 67-73. Winds southwest 15-25 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 35-40. Winds west 5-15 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Cooler. Highs 47-53. West wind 5-10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of rain or rain/snow mix. Lows 30-35. Light wind.
Wednesday: A 40% chance of morning rain/snow showers. Highs 41-46. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.
We are tracking breezy conditions in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. In fact, a wind advisory is in effect until 4pm for most of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Some gusts may hit 40 to 45 mph. A few stray showers are possible as well, on an otherwise partly cloudy and very warm afternoon. We've hit the 70 degree mark in the Tri-Cities for the first time since October 28th of this year...that's nearly a month!
A storm system that moved up from the Deep South, responsible for our rain yesterday, continues to push north into the Great Lakes. This system, with an associated cold front will continue to push, slowly pushing the cold front past our area. However, cold air won't immediately pour into the region.
We will see the winds start to decrease as we head into tonight with mostly cloudy skies.
While temperatures will fall back to below average on Tuesday, we'll see mostly to partly sunny skies as a weak high pressure system nudges into our neck of the woods. Some changes are on the way, though, which could have an impact on travel plans this Thanksgiving...
StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking a low pressure system that is expected to hug the east coast Wednesday. This will likely be close enough to back moisture into our area Wednesday and Wednesday night. We will see a 40 percent chance of rain on Wednesday afternoon, with a few flurries not out of the question earlier in the morning for higher elevations.
As we cool near or below freezing on Wednesday night, we may see a mix or change to snow showers for the area, especially over the higher terrain. East-facing slopes may very well be more-favored in this. At the moment, accumulation totals are not certain, as models need to come into further agreement. Over the next 24 hours, however, we should start to get a better idea. For now, you should be on the alert for slick spots on the roadways, mainly towards northern and eastern parts of our viewing area.
A greater concern appears to be for anyone traveling towards Baltimore/DC up towards Boston, as snowfall totals would likely be greater. Still, more details need to be ironed out. Once they are, we will provide you with the latest on air, on mobile, and/or on the web.
A secondary wave of activity moves in from the west, though will be much weaker, early on Thursday. This could provide a few snow showers, again favoring the higher elevations but from west-facing slopes this time, as the main event drifts towards the northeast. Temperatures will likely climb above freezing during the day on Thanksgiving, but will be noticeably cooler than average.
Thursday into Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny with a slow warm-up to near or just below average. The first weekend of the Christmas shopping season should be OK. Expect cool mornings and afternoon high temperatures ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s.
Another system may be in the works for the weekend, providing us with a slight chance of rain showers.
Highs will be in the mid 60s this afternoon with mid to upper 50s Tuesday through Friday and low 50s Saturday and Sunday. Lows will be near 30 to the mid 30s tonight through Wednesday night with upper 20s Thursday night and Friday night and low to mid 30s Saturday night and Sunday night.
You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5 WCYB, wcyb.com and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 55°, low 32°.
Meteorologists Donnie Cox and Chris Michaels