Forecast: Clouds linger tonight into Thursday with rain returning Thursday night into Friday.

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Clouds remain rather thick overnight into Thursday, but most stay dry until overnight Thursday into Friday.

  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cool. Low: 29°.
  • Thursday: Clouds remain rather thick with most dry until after sunset (20%). High: 48°.
  • Thursday Night (AWARE): Cloudy with scattered showers developing (60%). Low: 40°.
  • Friday (AWARE): Periods of rain likely (80%) through at least early afternoon. High: 50°.

The clouds will remain rather thick across the region tonight which will keep temperatures up just a little bit compared to Wednesday morning, meaning we won’t see as many teens, but most will still be below freezing by daybreak Thursday.

The clouds will remain rather stubborn through the afternoon hours Thursday and most look to remain dry through the daylight hours, although some across the Plateau could see a stray sprinkle or light rain shower late day.

Afternoon temperatures will remain near average for this time of year with most reaching the mid to upper 40s. It might be good idea to keep the coat handy once again if you’ll be outside for any length of time.

Rain chances will increase quickly across the region Thursday night into Friday which is why we will be Weather AWARE. The Friday morning commute looks to be a wet one, so you may want to allow a little extra time for your drive in to work and/or school. This rain is due to a storm system sliding northward out of the Gulf of Mexico, combining with a cold front sweeping across the state from west to east. The combination of these two will keep rain chances around through at least early afternoon Friday.

Rainfall estimates don’t look overly heavy at this time, but some 1/2″+ totals will certainly be possible for many areas.

Some colder air will move in behind this system Friday night into Saturday and a secondary weaker disturbance will rotate through from northwest to southeast as well. This could squeeze out a few light snow showers or a light rain/snow mix for some higher elevation areas, but it still doesn’t look like this will be a “big” snow maker for the region. That said, some areas along the higher elevation regions of the Plateau and more likely in the Smokies (above 3,000 feet), have the slightly better chance of some light snow accumulations.

Although we could also see a light rain/snow mix here in the Valley as well, it doesn’t look as though we would see any accumulations as most areas never fall below freezing at any point on Saturday, including road surfaces.

Some drier air returns for Saturday night into Sunday, but the clouds still look rather thick through Sunday afternoon which will keep afternoon highs in the 40s once again.We will see a slow warming trend for the first half of next week with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s Monday and Tuesday under a partly cloudy sky, followed by highs in the low to mid 50s Wednesday with some scattered rain showers returning.

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