A beautiful start across the Smokies as the sun inches up this morning. Another pleasant day is on tap, as sunny skies give way to highs in the mid 70s. We will continue our warming trend the next couple of days, with the warmest day Thursday and Saturday (both around 80 degrees). We will also stay dry through Thursday, with shower chances returning Thursday night through the weekend. Isolated to scattered showers will be possible Thursday night through Saturday, with bettering chances Saturday into Sunday ahead of an approaching cold front.
Looking even longer term, a cool down appears to be in store. This doesn't mean a second round of winter just cooler than average temperatures. Our usual highs this time of the year, as reference, are the low 70s. Paring this with the precipitation outlook (not shown), below average rainfall is forecast from the Climate Prediction Center as well. Though it's much too early to say, this could pose some fire concerns if we do steer dry for quite some time. Only time will tell, but this next batch of rainfall this weekend definitely won't hurt anything.
That will wrap it up for today, be sure to take advantage of the sunshine and warming temperatures. We will continue to trend up with highs Wednesday in the mid to upper 70s and around 80 on Thursday. Don't miss our video forecast below as well.
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