PERIODS OF RAIN ALONG WITH SCATTERED STORMS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK

HEAVY RAINFALL AND LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE

WARM AND HUMID FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, ALONG WITH MAINLY AFTERNOON/EVENING POP-UP STORMS

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THE FOURTH

Tonight: A chance of scattered showers. Patchy fog late. Lows 64-70. Light wind.

Tomorrow: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy. Highs 74-80. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Patchy fog late.  Lows 64-70.  West wind 5-10 mph. 

Independence Day: Hit/miss showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny.  Highs 75-81.  Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

Weather Summary:

A stationary boundary just north of the Tri-Cities will provide the focus for showers and thunderstorms the next couple of days. As weather disturbances move along this boundary, clusters of showers and storms will be guided from west to east across the Tennessee Valley into the southern Appalachians.

This will result in periods of showers along with scattered thunderstorms. Any storm this time of year can produce downpours and gusty winds.  The severe weather threat, as in damaging winds and hail, remains low.

Rainfall totals through Saturday night may reach 1 to 2 inches.  It will not be raining the entire time, but do have the rain gear handy over the next few days.  

Aside from that, temperatures won't be nearly as hot as we saw during a large portion of June. Highs this week will be in the 70s to lower 80s.

Rain chances appear to be highest Friday out of any of the next 7 days.  Any pockets of heavy showers may lead to an isolated flooding incident here or there.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Friday morning for Harlan, Leslie and Letcher counties - Friday evening for Dickenson and Buchanan counties - Saturday evening for Lee, Wise, Scott, Russell, Washington counties in Virginia, as well as Hawkins, Sullivan, Johnson, Carter, Unicoi, Greene and Washington counties in Tennessee.

The big question remains: Will it rain on the 4th?  Right now, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible on July 4th with seasonable highs in the upper 70s to near 80°.

Rain chances will decrease a bit early next week as disturbances begin to lift out of our area. Temperatures, as a result, will return to near average - in the low to mid 80s.

Recap: Highs in the middle 70s to lower 80s through Sunday. Highs in the lower to middle 80s early next week. Lows in the lower to middle 60s.

Our average high is 85°, low 63°.

Meteorologists Dave Dierks and Chris Michaels