We have reverted back to below average rainfall, which is resulting in increasing signs of drought. If you recall from late Summer, West Tennessee was facing some severe drought in spots, but heavy rain in late July helped correct the issue. With dry conditions winning out as of late, abnormally dry conditions are once again expanding. Remnants of Ian will do no good to help, as any chances remain well east of the Plateau. This will be something to monitor moving forward, especially with dry conditions continuing through much of this week.
Looking at the break down of Ian, an eastward shift as continued to win out. Because of this, showers have become more limited, with the best opportunity across northeast Tennessee. Across the valley, showers will be isolated to scattered, with less chances the further west you go. With that said, most will see cloud cover overnight tonight and through Saturday, before improving conditions arrive from west to east on Sunday. High pressure fills back in Monday, with gradually warming temperatures through mid week.
Early week forecasts had 1-3" across East Tennessee, but as we mentioned, any eastward shift would lesson those amounts. As such, that is exactly what happened, where now little more than a few sprinkles are possible near the Plateau and up to 2" across the far northeastern tip of the state. A few lingering showers can't be ruled out by tomorrow evening, otherwise we'll be drying (or at least clearing) back out on Sunday.
Saturday will be rather raw, with cloud cover, isolated to scattered showers, and winds 5-10 mph out of the north. Some gusts up to 15-20 mph can't be ruled out. Fortunately, things improve Sunday and into the new work week. Check out our video broadcast below for more, as well as following us on Twitter/Facebook.
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