**SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE AFFECTING PARTS OF THE AREA RIGHT NOW**

PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE

TIMING: SATURDAY EVENING INTO WEE HOURS SUNDAY MORNING

SEVERE STORMS WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL POSSIBLE

CALMER AND COOLER MONDAY AND TUESDAY

RAIN CHANCES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

PLEASANT AND WARM BY NEXT WEEKEND

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Flooding, strong winds and hail possible. Lows 52-57.  Variable wind 10-20 mph.

Sunday: Mainly morning showers. Mostly cloudy with highs 62-67. West wind 5-15 mph and gusty.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy and cool.  Lows 34-40.  Light wind.

Monday:  Partly cloudy, breezy and cool.  Highs 55-62.  Northwest wind 5-15 mph.

Weather Summary:

Periods of rain are expected Saturday along with scattered thunderstorms. Right now rain appears most likely in the evening.  A few isolated thunderstorms are possible during the afternoon.  The bulk of activity is expected later this evening into the overnight as a wave of upper level energy acts together with instability south of a warm front.  A few severe storms are possible with downpours, damaging winds, and large hail.  Isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out. Heavy rainfall is possible in spots with more than 1.0" predicted for some locations in the region.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest forecast through the weekend and have a way to receive warnings during outdoor activities.  We are aware of folks attending prom as well as the Orange and White game in Knoxville.  We want you to have a plan and a way of getting severe weather alerts.

We recommend the Storm Track 5 mobile app, WCYB.com, and our Facebook and Twitter feeds along with NOAA Weather Radio. We will continue to track this storm system and will alert you to severe weather dangers on-air, online, and on mobile.

Some showers will linger into Sunday, especially in the morning. It will be breezy as well.  Temperatures on Sunday will be rather cool...in the upper 50s to low 60s with partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Monday and Tuesday appear uneventful with partly cloudy skies, breezy conditions on Monday and temperature running well below average in the low to mid 60s.  

Another disturbance will be responsible for periods of rain showers on Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures in the 60s.  At this time, there doesn't appear to be a severe weather threat with that system.  

Afterwards, Friday and Saturday look pleasant with a warm up on the way.  High pressure will sit on top of the southeastern US, lending us to sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.

Recap: Highs in the 60s through Thursday...70s Friday and Saturday. Lows in the 50s tonight, near 40 Sunday night, 30s Monday night, and 40s through the remainder of the week.

Our average high is 70°, low 45°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels