A picture perfect Friday morning across East Tennessee with lots of sunshine and temperatures a bit closer to what is expected this time of the year. Looking below, most locations don't even have a cloud in the sky late this morning. Highs for most valley locations will top out in the mid 70s with a warming trend expected to continue into the weekend.
Speaking of a warming trend, the CPC suggests at to slightly above average temperatures through the end of May for our neck of the woods. The overall pattern across the US has been slow this year. We are still in a early Spring phase, but we are slowly transitioning to something a bit more common for this time of the year. As a result, anticipate temperatures to warm through early next week and stay relatively idle (near average) through the end of the month. On the flip side, as the pattern evolves, precipitation is expected to be lower than average through the end of the month. This could result in heightened drought concerns, but with the above average rain we've seen so far this year, we'll be just fine for now.
Looking ahead, high pressure will settle just to our east allowing for ample sunshine today and into tomorrow. A low to the west will bring the potential for isolated showers/storms Sunday afternoon and through next week. With this though, they will be limited. The bulk of rainfall will be across the Bluegrass of Kentucky and into the Central Plains (more info in our daily video forecast below).
That will wrap it up for today. Similar conditions are in the forecast for Saturday before areas of cloud cover and isolated showers/storms return Sunday and early next week. For a full outlook, visit the "Weekly Forecast" tab for more information.
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