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POSTED: 6:28 PM Feb 27 2013   UPDATED  1 hr
StormTrack 5 Team

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHT

WE ARE TRACKING A WEAK COLD FRONT THAT WILL PROVIDE A LITTLE LESS HUMID WEATHER FOR MIDWEEK

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL LIKELY INCREASE AGAIN THIS WEEKEND

This Afternoon: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 85-92. Winds west 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows 63-68. Light wind.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy.  A stray shower or storm. Highs 82-88. West wind 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 54-59. Winds calm.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 85-90. Light west wind.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking a weak cold front in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. This front will drift toward the Tri-Cities and provide us with a good chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this evening and tonight.  Any thunderstorms that do develop could contain strong winds, heavy downpours and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.  As this front moves slowly moves through the region, we are left with less humid air for the mid week.  To sum it up, our best rain chances for the next few days will be within the next few hours.

In fact, the Storm Prediction Center has portions of southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and northeast Tennessee under the slight risk for severe weather.  We don't anticipate anything widespread.  Storms will be quick to pass, but could locally pack a punch.

StormTrack 5 Meteorologists are tracking a high pressure system off the Atlantic coast that will nudge back into the region. This will keep the warmer than normal temperatures in the area through the end of the week!  Rain chances go down tomorrow to 20% as the front will have passed through.  We'll keep things mostly dry for Thursday and Friday, with a few passing showers not out of the question for the North Carolina high country. 
Come this weekend, another cold front will push down from the Great Lakes, enhancing our rain chances especially for Saturday.  We will continue to track this system as some storms may have some umph to them thanks to some favorable upper level energy.  Behind the front, rain chances will once again go down to round out the weekend and start next work week.  Any of these storms during the weekend could again contain frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, strong winds, and heavy downpours.


Monday comes as a relief, as it will be a little more seasonable and drier behind the front with partly cloudy skies.

Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s this afternoon through Sunday and low 80s on Monday. Lows will be in the low to mid 60s tonight through Monday night.

You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5 WCYB, wcyb.com and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.

*Tropics Update:  We are tracking Tropical Storm Dolly, which is poised to make landfall on the eastern Mexican coast late tonight into early tomorrow.  This is no threat to US soil, but could make for dangerous flooding and mudslides along Mexico's higher terrain.*
 
Our normal high is 83°, low 60°.

Chief Meteorologist Dave Dierks & Meteorologist Chris Michaels