FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FOR SATURDAY NIGHT/SUN MORNING

RECORD LOWS POSSIBLE SUNDAY MORNING

TEMPERATURES MODERATE NEXT WEEK

Today: Becoming sunny after morning snow showers. Cold. Highs 35-41. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear and very cold. Near record low temperatures. Lows 15-20. Light wind.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Highs 48-54. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

Weather Summary:

StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking much below normal temperatures and some rain in your 7 day forecast. Saturday, behind a strong cold front temperatures will struggle to climb into the 40s in many locations as cold air blows into our region from the NW. The low 40s will seem warm though compared to overnight lows!

A hard freeze is expected Saturday and Sunday mornings.  A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for Saturday night into Sunday morning. Mountain counties in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia will fall below freezing, but are not included in the watch or warning. That’s because not much vegetation is currently blooming in those areas. Remember to take plants indoors during a hard freeze. This will be our first freeze in nearly three weeks!

Lows Sunday morning may drop into the upper teens to lower 20s, thanks to clear skies and calm conditions. The record low Sunday morning is 19 set in 1966.

The second half of the weekend will remain fairly cool, but not as cold as Saturday! As high pressure builds south, our winds will shift to the SW and warmer air will return to the region.  Highs Sunday will warm into the upper 40s to mid 50s.

Our next storm system approaches Sunday night into Monday, bringing us a chance of rain shows Monday morning. Tuesday, we start a warming trend with afternoon highs expected to be in the mid 60s. We'll see these mid 60s continue through the rest of the week, but we'll also introduce a chance of rain into the forecast for late Wed through Friday.

Recap: Highs in the 30s to around 40 Saturday and 50s Sunday, and mid 50s to near 60 Monday. Mid 60s to near 70 at times Tuesday through Thursday. Lows 15-20 tonight, and 30s Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights…40s the rest of the week.

Our average high is 62°, low 37°.

Meteorologist Ricky Matthews