Dry Saturday conditions, but rain will return overnight Sunday

Dry Saturday conditions, but rain will return overnight Sunday


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As expected, we squeaked out a dry Saturday, but rain will return overnight into Sunday, and it could be locally heavy at times.

Lows will be above freezing overnight for most areas with the exception for a few spots along the Northern Plateau up into southeast Kentucky.

This means that as the rain initially moves in across the region, there could be a "brief" window, between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m., where it could be "light" freezing rain in portions of Fentress County and McCreary, Whitley, Bell, Harlan and Knox counties in Kentucky.

It appears as though amounts would be less than 1/10" so, no "major" problems are expected. However, there could be some patchy areas of ice on some bridges and secondary roads. The good news is that temperatures will quickly rise above the freezing mark in these areas by mid-morning, so whatever moisture remains will be all rain the rest of the day.

We will see most areas climb into the 40s Sunday afternoon as well, with some Southern Valley areas getting close to 50°. Periods of rain will continue Sunday into Monday and there will even be some scattered showers again on Tuesday before colder air pushes in and the moisture moves out.

So although "widespread" flooding is not anticipated, there could still be a few spotty areas of higher-than-average water levels. 

  • Tonight: Cloudy with rain developing late (80% coverage). Low: 36°.
  • Sunday: Periods of rain likely (100% coverage). High: 48°.
  • Monday: Additional scattered showers at times (80% coverage). High: 53°.


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