We are starting the last day of the work week off cold with temperatures sitting in the 20's. If we compare where we were this time yesterday, temperatures are roughly 10 degrees cooler. Fortunately, high pressure settles across the region bringing warmer and drier air to East Tennessee. High's this afternoon should round out in the mid 40's under partly cloudy to sunny skies.
As has been the case the past week, another line of showers will work in following the sunshine we see today. Trends continue to suggest a weakening line of broken showers for Saturday evening/overnight. With low's in the mid 30's Saturday night, anticipate some snow flakes for the higher elevations Sunday morning. By Sunday evening, clearing will begin to work back in with sunshine by Monday of next week. We also look to improve on our afternoon high's with 50's early next week.
There was little to any change in the drought map for the state this week. East Tennessee remains at normal conditions while the west consists of mainly abnormally dry conditions. Taking a look at the CPC's (Climate Prediction Center) outlook, the next couple of weeks look to trend dry (not good news). Typically, December is one of our wettest months of the year (refer to our Almanac for reference). We will continue to eye potential drought conditions ahead, but I wouldn't be surprised to see worsening conditions given the current outlooks.
Another round of showers to light flakes will find their way back in the second half of the day tomorrow and into Sunday before we finally clear back out and warm up. We will also be getting your Christmas forecast together through the weekend. As of now, we look to have a system bring showers to potential snow showers Christmas Eve. We'll have more on Monday...have a great weekend!
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