Enjoy the sunshine while you can! Clouds move in Friday, ahead of winter storm
Good Afternoon Tennessee Valley,
After a very cold start in the low 20s, we'll take the sunshine today as temperatures reach the middle 40s. Good news the winds will be light today staying under 5 mph. Enjoy the sun, as clouds return tonight and into Friday, ahead of the approaching winter system. As clouds return this evening, temperatures look to be near normal tonight in the middle 30s. A few sprinkles/snowflakes could fall overnight in the highest elevations, but nothing that would accumulate or cause any travel impacts on Friday morning.
Temperatures tomorrow will be in the mid-40s with much cloud cover, but the rain looks to hold off for Ice on the Landing tomorrow night, parades, and Share Your Christmas!
Here is what we know regarding the upcoming winter system: rain will begin on Saturday morning for those in north Georgia. Rain will be gradually lifting northward in the afternoon, increasing in Chattanooga by noon or so. This will be all liquid in the valley, however, a rain/sleet/snow mix looks to develop by 2PM-3PM over Cherokee County, NC and the Smokies. A transition to a rain/sleet/snow mix is possible on Saturday evening from 4PM-10PM in the valley areas including Hamilton and Bradley, before changing over to all rain again Saturday night through Sunday morning. The better wintry mix chance, however, returns on Sunday evening. As colder air arrives during this time at upper levels, counties in Tennessee could see a light dusting through Monday morning. Very light accumulations of 0.10" to 0.50" looks possible in Hamilton, and Bradley counties and northward.
Areas in north Georgia could see a glaze of ice over Fannin, Gilmer, and Murray counties during this time. If this occurs, power outages will be possible. The other concern will be the wind. The wind will be picking up on Saturday night late around 1AM-2AM, and continue through Sunday afternoon, especially for north Georgia, aiding into another reason to watch for power outages here.
Finally, the rain and localized flooding. During the entire event, rain amounts of 1"-2.5" looks likely. Amounts around 1" looks likely in Athens and Spring City, with higher amounts south to 2" in Chattanooga, and 2" to 2.5" in Fort Payne AL, and Dalton, GA.
Please be cautious and weather aware this weekend as conditions could rapidly deteriorate. You can download the WRCB Weather app for the newest info.
- 12PM: Mostly Sunny, 39
- 3PM: Partly Cloudy, 44
- 6PM: Partly Cloudy, 43