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Heavy rain from Zeta starts today, WVLT Weather Alert

Ponding on the roads, isolated flooding and spotty wind damage are possible.
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 4:56 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Rain coverage is increasing today, from the outer bands of rain of Hurricane Zeta, as it makes U.S. landfall in Southeast Louisiana as a Category 2. Then then heart of that storm cuts straight through our area tonight through Thursday. A cold front slides right in behind this tropical rain and wind.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Today’s rain is on and off, with an 80% coverage midday through the afternoon. This makes for a wet evening commute, so we have your WVLT Weather Alert starting today and lasting into Thursday. Today’s high is around 69 degrees.

It can quickly go from wet streets to high water, especially with persistent rain this evening through tonight. Never drive through high water, because that road could be damaged or washed away, or it could be deeper than you think. Turn around, don’t drown!

The WVLT Weather Alert continues tonight, as we have widespread moderate to heavy rain all night long. This really starts adding up to more gaining 2+ inches of rainfall. It becomes breezy as well, with steady temperatures in the mid 60s.

LOOKING AHEAD

Zeta's rain and winds Wednesday through Thursday
Zeta's rain and winds Wednesday through Thursday(WVLT)

Thursday’s WVLT Weather Alert is for the heavy rain and ongoing Flash Flood Watch, until 2 p.m. The rain becomes more scattered, BUT the winds from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta ramp up. Breezy Thursday morning, but our alert continues as wind gusts reach 25 to 45 mph at times through Thursday night.

A cold front slides, with a few showers and clouds leftover for Friday morning. Winds back off and clouds clear Friday afternoon, but the colder air will leave us with a high closer to 54 degrees.

We’ll have a chilly low closer to 40 degrees Saturday morning, but then your Halloween is mostly sunny and cool at 64 degrees. If you’re going trick-or-treating Saturday evening, we’ll see scattered clouds in front of the full moon, and temperatures in the mid 50s.

A little extra push of cool air moves in with some clouds and spotty rain Sunday. This takes us from low 60s on Sunday, down to freezing by Monday morning and only low 50s for Monday afternoon.

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Wednesday 8-day forecast
Wednesday 8-day forecast(WVLT)

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