WE ARE TRACKING SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY

SUNSHINE AND WARM WEATHER RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

UNSETTLED WEATHER SETTLES INTO THE TRI-CITIES EARLY/MIDDLE PARTS OF NEXT WEEK

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny and warm. Highs 73-78. Winds south 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, showers late. Lows 47-53. South wind 5-10 mph.

Friday: Showers & thundershowers likely. Breezy. Highs 67-73. West wind 10-20 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 40-45. West wind 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and warm. Highs 75-80.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking truly a spring afternoon in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. High pressure will keep us dry and sunny this afternoon. The sunshine will warm us above normal today although our humidity will remain low.

The danger for an enhanced fire threat will remain a concern this afternoon. You should be on the alert for fires that could get out of hand.

Tonight we will see clouds on the increase with showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. A cold front is moving quickly from the northwest and will cross the Tri-Cities Friday morning. The chances for showers and thunderstorms are at about 40 percent through about midday. As the front pushes east through the southern Appalachians, clearing will begin quickly. We may even see sunshine again by Friday afternoon.

This front will slow or even stall south of the region. Temperatures will remain warm as the skies clear for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be sunny. This means a fantastic weekend for outdoor plans.

StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking a developing storm system in the southern Plains States for the weekend. This system will head east through the Mississippi Valley. The models are in agreement with the timing of this system for the new work week.

Monday will be partly cloudy with the rain chances increasing in the afternoon to about 40 percent. We could even see some thunderstorms develop as well.

The storm system will head east from the Midwest. The stalled front that slipped south with the showers on Friday will lift back to the north as a warm front. Monday night into Tuesday morning we could see some strong to severe storms ahead of a cold front. Tuesday will be a cloudy day with a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Our meteorologists are examining the details of this system and will alert you to any potential of severe weather, should that threat develop.

The rain and thunderstorm chances will possible linger into Wednesday at 50 percent before turning cooler and becoming partly cloudy.

Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s this afternoon through Tuesday and upper 60s Wednesday. Lows will be in the mid 40s to near 50 tonight through Sunday night and mid 50s Monday night with upper 40s to low 50s Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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 70°, low 45°.

Meteorologist Donnie Cox