A messy hair day is in the making as strong southwest flow will lead to gusty winds throughout the day today. As you can see below, MUCH warmer air has funneled in and will continue to for Thursday. Winds will hang between 10 and 15 mph at times today with gusts of 20+ possible. High's are expected to top out in the mid 50's with high's near the 60's tomorrow.
Looking at model guidance, the brunt of the system continues to stay just to the west (good news). Instead of an all day rain event we will more than likely see showers and storms in waves on and off throughout the day. A few showers/storms could be heavy at times producing isolated flash flooding, strong winds, and even an isolated tornado if the parameters set up correctly. The timing of this looks to fall in two spots, one in the afternoon/evening hours of Thursday and then again for the morning hours of New Year's Day (Friday).
As of now, the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) does not have East Tennessee under any note-worthy categories but things could change this afternoon. Regardless, keep in mind a few heavier thunderstorms can't be entirely ruled out the second half of the day tomorrow and into Friday morning.
We will continue to monitor our next weather maker, but for now, strap down your hats and shed the winter gear as winds will be breezy and high's will be in the mid to upper 50's. Things should stay dry through much of the day with showers not arriving until overnight.
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