Good afternoon all! It was a crisp start to the day with temperatures starting in the mid 20's this morning but we are gradually warming up to mid 40's this afternoon. Looking at the latest data, a large ridge is hanging through the mid west and will continue moving east this afternoon and into Thursday. With high pressure staying over head, expect sunny skies and warming temperatures to remain into the weekend.
Model guidance shows much of the same as high pressure will dominate the next couple of days. Working into the later half of Friday and Saturday, clouds increase with a system to the south. Light scattered showers are possible Sunday but these will stay primarily to the south of Knoxville (Chattanooga, Georgia, and Alabama). As we push into early next week, return flow will increase temperatures to well above average in the 60's. Sunny skies will stick around as a high dominate through much of early next week.
If you have any evening/overnight plans tonight be sure to dress warm! The latest model guidance suggests low's in the mid to upper 20's but we will likely see low's in the lower 20's for most overnight. With the lack of cloud cover and a northwest flow, model guidance struggles with these variables (typically trending a bit warmer).
That will close it out for today's forecast, but be sure to stay warm this afternoon and into Thursday. We will have a look into what is expected for Christmas tomorrow, so don't miss it! (Hint: it won't be a white Christmas)
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