As we begin the final day to the work week, we can enjoy some improvement across our state. Drought conditions are nearly gone across east Tennessee and moderate drought conditions across western Tennessee have vanished. I expect this to continue improving with the added rainfall we are anticipating today and tomorrow.
In other news, the Tropics are very active right now. Two active Tropical Depressions are swirling around in the Atlantic and expected to impact the US early next week. Tropical Depression 13 (bottom left), will continue working westward, likely gaining hurricane strength by late weekend. A bit further west, Tropical Depression 14 is expected to find Tropical Storm strength within the day and potentially hurricane strength as it enters the warm Gulf waters. Both systems are expected to impact states from Florida to Texas (the entire Gulf) by early next week. For those who have friends/family in these areas, let them know what is to come.
Jumping back to home, light showers are working in from the south now and will continue as we get into the afternoon. Scattered storm activity can't be ruled out either. Gusty winds will be the primary threat but isolated areas of flooding are possible as well. As we work overnight tonight, showers will begin to fade out a bit before redeveloping into Saturday. Sunday looks to be the best day of the weekend with cloud cover early and some clearing by the afternoon. Showers remain possible in the PM hours, but things will be more isolated to scattered. By the work week next week, things return to "normalcy" with high's returning near 90, partly cloudy skies, and the chance for a few afternoon showers/storms.
With high school football kicking off for most this evening, make sure you have the latest weather forecast. Be sure to tune in this afternoon as we will provide your high school football forecast via social media. This weekend will remain on the cooler side but showers will haunt us the first half. Stay safe, stay dry, and have a great weekend!
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