East Tennessee begins to dry out after rain, flooding

East Tennessee begins to dry out after rain, flooding

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - When rain began to fall on Wednesday it seemed as if it would never stop. It wasn't until late in the day Sunday that the first rays of sunshine were seen.

Flooding was a problem in several areas, including Knoxville and Lake City.

During that time, McGhee Tyson Airport recorded 4.46 inches of rain. Crossville Airport had 5.3 inches of rain during that time.

The heavy rainfall contributed to what has already been a wet year.

By this time of year, McGhee Tyson would normally have received 26.43 inches of precipitation, but so far 45.72 inches have fallen at the airport this year. That puts the Knoxville area ahead of its yearly average by 19.29 inches.

Crossville is ahead 10.47 inches for the year.

The forecast for the next few days is much brighter than the last few. There is only a 20 percent chance of a stray storm to pass through the area Monday, and that is mostly to happen south of Interstate 40.

The weather will remain partly cloudy Tuesday with a 30 percent chance of a storm passing through.

Rain chances go up again Wednesday evening and Thursday to around 70 percent, but then drop again for the weekend to 20 percent.

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