Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

POSTED: 6:28 PM Feb 27 2013   UPDATED: 3:42 PM Mar 28 2015
StormTrack 5 Team

FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FOR SATURDAY NIGHT/SUN MORNING

RECORD LOWS POSSIBLE SUNDAY MORNING

QUICK REBOUND STARTING MONDAY

A FEW SHOTS AT RAIN DURING THE WEEK

WARM THROUGH MID-WEEK

This Afternoon: Becoming sunny, but remaining cold. Cold. Highs 35-41. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Clear skies and calm winds.  Record cold by morning.  Lows 14-20. Light wind.

Tomorrow: Plenty of sunshine and much warmer. Highs 49-56. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow Night: Clouds increasing and rain developing late.  Lows 34-39.  Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

Monday: Showers taper off by late morning.  Becoming mostly sunny, warm and breezy at times.  Highs 57-63.  West wind 5-20 mph.

Weather Summary:

StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking much cooler air making its way into the region. As a cold front has moved through the area, temperatures have tanked as a result.  With skies continuing to clear and winds calming down overnight, record cold is expected by morning.  Low temperatures will drop into the teens.  The record low for this date in the Tri-Cities is 19°, set back in 1966.

A hard freeze is expected tonight and tomorrow morning.  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. The good thing about spring is that these cold blasts are usually very brief, as will be the case tonight.

We push towards the second half of the weekend with a quick rebound.  High pressure will continue to build into the area and lend us to plenty of sunshine through the afternoon.  As a weak storm system drifts to the north, expect clouds to increase during the evening and rain showers to develop at night.  These showers will be light and scattered, but should end for the most part by mid to late morning on Monday.   Following that, Monday will be pleasant with mostly to partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Tuesday, southwest flow will develop ahead of a storm system. This is when we'll notice warmer air and higher temperatures across the board.  Highs Tuesday will be in the mid to upper 60s.  As the storm system moves closer, a breezy southwest wind will allow temperatures from Wednesday through Friday to soar into the upper 60s to low 70s.  Rain chances increase Thursday night into Friday with enough instability to provide a few thunderstorms as well.  By Saturday, things will calm down but cool off a little bit.  High temperatures near 60.

Recap: Highs in the 50s Sunday, and 60s Monday. Mid 60s to near 70 at times Tuesday through Friday. Lows in the teens tonight...30s Sunday and Monday nights...40s through the rest of the week.

Our average high is 63°, low 37°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels