• Chief Meteorologist Chris

Beautiful Sunday Will Give Way To More Rain,Thunder Tonight And This Week.

What a beautiful Sunday underway. Temps in the 60’s to low 70’s across the area. You really couldn’t ask for better weather in January, well, unless you love cold weather like myself.

We continue our active weather pattern over the next week before the pattern becomes cooler by weeks end. Tonight clouds will increase as the cold front that came through last night moves back North as a warm front. This will spread more showers over the area tonight and predawn Monday Morning. In fact, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties could see a couple of storms. The major ingredients for any severe weather remain off to the South though so you shouldn’t see anything even close to last night‘a severe storms. In the rest of the area I can’t rule out a rumble of thunder during the early morning hours of Monday. These showers and an embedded storm should start spreading North around sunrise Monday. None of these storms should be severe.

During the day on Monday scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible at anytime. Here our main attention turns to the eastern slopes and adjacent foothills. Rounds of showers and thunderstorms are likely and the rain could really pile up again. The eastern slopes received 4 inches of rain with yesterday’s storms. We are forecasting another 1 - 3 inches of rain to occur there through 8pm Tuesday. There remainder of the area will need to be watched too though. With the forecast evolving into what looks to be another solid 1-2 inch rainfall by 8pm Tuesday, some localized flash flooding could occur just about anywhere.

Monday and Monday Night have been highlighted from the WPC as a marginal risk (low risk) of seeing flooding. We will also need to monitor Monday Night into Tuesday. There are some indicators that a few thunderstorms could become severe across the area. Currently the SPC highlights the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau with the Marginal (low) risk. We will monitor that.

Scattered showers remain through Saturday off and on. It looks like we dry out for the sexond half of next weekend. Then the pattern turns much colder as temperatures get knocked back down 2-5° below average for that following week. We will monitor that because there are indications there could be a storm on the east coast next week. There is some hope for winter.

Projected rainfall through Tuesday


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