Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

POSTED: 6:28 PM Feb 27 2013   UPDATED: 8:11 AM Dec 21 2014
StormTrack 5 Team





Today: Partly sunny skies and seasonable. Highs 43-49. Light wind.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies. Chance of rain showers late. Lows 32-37. East wind 5 mph or less.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning. Highs 47-53. East wind 10 mph or less.

Monday Night: Patchy dense fog and a few lingering rain showers. Lows 34-39. Southeast wind 5 mph.

Weather Summary:
Some clearing has occurred early on in western parts of the viewing area with areas of dense fog reported early this morning. Temperatures have dropped below freezing in some areas that have seen clearing this morning (especially higher elevations), so be alert for possible icy patches on the roads, bridges, and overpasses.

Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected at times through Sunday. High pressure to our northeast will keep us mostly dry, with seasonable temperatures this afternoon in the mid to upper 40s.  After the sun sets, winter officially arrives on this evening at 6:03.

A storm system will develop to our southeast and move north  tonight into tomorrow. This system, riding north of a stalled out front along the Gulf States, will bring a chance of light rain to the region, mainly favoring areas east of the Tri-Cities tonight and tomorrow morning (a wintry mix is possible near the Blue Ridge).

We are tracking another storm system for the middle of the week week. Ahead of it, winds will begin to surge out of the south starting on Tuesday. Expect breezy conditions from Tuesday night through parts of Thursday, as this system will be in our vicinity. Winds out of the south on Tuesday means warmer air is on the way, where high temperatures (depending on timing of rain) could make their way towards the 60 degree mark. As the storm system looms closer, rain chances go up and a thundershower or two may also be possible. Cold air remains well off to the west, and seems to be further delayed with each forecast model run.  Expect rain showers to be in abundance, some of which can be heavy, towards the evening and overnight. 

Rain chances will remain quite high as we kick off Christmas Eve.  Breezy conditions will also continue, especially as a surface cold front passes through the area during the afternoon.  With the latest forecast models, we are seeing a trend that brings in colder air overnight Wednesday into early Thursday.  It is for that reason that Christmas Eve will mainly feature rain showers.  As low pressure pulls north of the Great Lakes and colder is ushered into the region, some light snow showers may start overnight into Christmas morning.  We aren't expecting any major accumulations in our neck of the woods, since precipitation will be light, the surface will be relatively warm, and the snow won't last all that long.   Remaining moisture may be also be limiting factor in how much snow we actually see with this system.  A lot has changed, can change, and will change with this make sure to check back with us for updates on the air, on the web and on Facebook/Twitter.

Traveling may be tricky for Santa Christmas Eve as breezy conditions really pick up.  After rain and snow showers taper off, we'll see gradual clearing through the afternoon. The wind will die down as the day progresses. Lows Christmas morning will be near 30 and highs will be near 40. Temperatures will rebound Friday into the lower 50s with partly cloudy skies.

Another storm system moves towards the area to start off next weekend, which could provide us with another chance at some light rain showers. 

Highs will be in the upper 40s Sunday, near 50 Monday, near 60 Tuesday, near 50 Wednesday and in the 40s Thursday. Back in the 50s on Friday. What a roller coaster ride! Lows around 28 to 38 the next seven days.

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Our normal high is 47°, low 27°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels