Cool Today But Warming Ahead
A sunny but seasonably cool day is in the works. Highs today will range from the mid to upper 50s, before warming through the weekend and into early next week. Further ahead, early to mid April points toward a dry and cooler than average trend. Looking below at the CPC outlooks, there is much higher confidence in drier and cooler conditions across the Southeast. This could veer toward the onset for drier than normal conditions and the ripening for increased fire concerns. Speaking of, crews continue to fight the blaze rolling through the Wears Valley area with increased containment (30%+) since Wednesday. Follow local guidance for further details.
Most will stay dry through the weekend, though a sprinkle or two is possible later Saturday. Sunshine then returns Sunday and into the new work week, before showers and thunderstorms return Tuesday and Wednesday. This will be our best shot for rainfall, with current trends suggesting between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall.
That will wrap it up for today. Other than hit or miss clouds and possibly a sprinkle on Saturday, we'll be dry with increasing temperatures in the days ahead. Have a good one, stay safe (especially those in Sevier County), and have a great weekend!
Here are a few quick wind reports from Wednesday:
Cove Mtn: 85 mph
Look Rock: 77 mph
McGhee Tyson: 65 mph
Oak Ridge: 40 mph
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