KNOXVILLE (WATE) - We will start to see a slow thaw across the region today as highs will warm into the mid-upper 40s for most. We will also start with a little bit of sunshine before clouds thicken and lower through the afternoon and evening hours.
A weak disturbance will produce a few random, light rain showers overnight as lows drop down into the mid 30s. My one concern is that a few areas, especially to the north and east of Knoxville, up towards the Tri-Cities, could see lows in the lower 30s. This means that there "could" be a few pockets of some light freezing rain for some, which could lead to some icy patches towards Friday morning. We will follow this carefully overnight.
Otherwise, we should see temperatures even warmer by Friday afternoon with some getting close to 50 degrees. A strong system will move through the region overnight Friday into Saturday bringing widespread rain and possibly even a few rumbles of thunder along with gusty winds.
The weekend doesn't look like a washout though as Sunday will see a return to a partly cloudy sky and highs in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees.
Today: Increasing clouds, but slightly warmer. High: 47 degrees.
Tonight: Cloudy with random light rain showers (30 percent coverage). There could be a few areas that see some patchy light freezing rain at times north and east of Knoxville. Low: 34 degrees.