Forecast: What to expect from Hurricane Zeta in East Tennessee this week

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Cloudy this evening with a few light showers possible.

This Evening: Mostly cloudy skies. Mild. (20%) shower chance. Isolated dense patchy fog. Low: 57°.

Tuesday: Staying mild. High: 73°. A few peaks of Sun. (20%) shower chance. 

Wednesday (Weather AWARE): (60%) rain chance. Isolated thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy skies build in. Potential for brief heavy rain. 

We have seen a few light showers so far today and a stray shower or two will be possible through tonight. You may also experience some drizzle as moisture gets squeezed out of the atmosphere. Overnight lows will fall into the mid to upper 50s tonight with mostly cloudy skies. 

Isolated dense patchy fog will be possible for the start of Tuesday with plenty of cloud cover throughout the day. Tuesday will be mild with a high of 73 degrees and a 20% chance for a few showers. 

The big story this week will be the potential for widespread and heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday as moisture from Hurricane Zeta and another system to our West pushes into East Tennessee. We will be Weather AWARE both Wednesday and Thursday. At this point, rain looks to become widespread late Wednesday and into Wednesday night. Heavy downpours and a few thunderstorms will be possible. 

Depending on the location of the center of circulation, gusty mountain winds may be possible with gusts greater than 30 mph. Rain continues into Thursday and rainfall totals through Thursday night could exceed 2″ in spots with isolated totals of 3+ inches. Because this moisture will be moving pretty fast widespread flooding is not anticipated although localized high water could be a concern. Make sure you stay up-to-date on the forecast this week! Highs Wednesday and Thursday will be in the upper 60s to low 70s. 

A few residual showers may linger into Friday morning before partly cloudy skies return. Friday is much cooler with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. Saturday morning’s low will also be quite cool at only 41 degrees. 

The weather looks to cooperate for Halloween with plenty of sunshine during the day and highs in the mid 60s. A stray shower or two returns for Sunday but the start of next week looks quiet. 

TROPICS:  Zeta is a Category 1 Hurricane. Late tonight/early Tuesday morning Zeta will make its first landfall near Cozumel before moving into the Gulf. A second landfall near New Orleans is expected late Wednesday into Thursday. Zeta may be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall in the United States. Then that moisture surges into the Southeast for the middle to end of the week.

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