Weak system now, Heather Haley tracking strong front ahead

Chilly, light showers may be snow in the mountains, but “messy” is the word for the next front.
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:08 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 9:20 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - We have a chill today, between clouds, light rain showers, and wind. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in the Smoky Mountains only today. The next front is stronger, which brings more rain, more changes to snow, but that also goes back to rain for some making roads messy for all by Friday with our WVLT First Alert Weather Day.


The best coverage in these sprinkles to light rain was this morning, with light snow in the higher elevations to Smoky Mountain snow.

It’s still cloudy and spotty, light rain this afternoon. This whole time it is snowing in the Smoky Mountains, which is why several inches is possible above 3,000 feet with the Winter Weather Advisory. The high today is right around “normal” at 48 degrees, but it feels a few degrees colder at times with a Northwesterly breeze up to around 15 mph at times.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy to partly cloudy at times, with patchy fog. The low will be around 28 degrees by Wednesday morning, which is also average for this time of the year.


Wednesday comes with clouds in and out. We’re topping out around 46 degrees, with a light breeze.

Thursday comes with increasing rain, especially in the afternoon to evening. The high will be around 48 degrees. The rain will change to snow in the higher elevations Thursday, and then as temperatures slide down Thursday night, the change to snow starts sliding into the lower elevations.

Friday starts with a messy mix of rain to sleet and snow.
Friday starts with a messy mix of rain to sleet and snow.(WVLT)

WVLT First Alert for Friday morning: With a snowy mix Friday morning, everyone has the chance at messy roads. The mountains are looking at several inches of snow, but this can also reach in far Northeast Tennessee and Southeastern Kentucky. With a delayed change to snow in the Valley, slushy roads and limited visibility are also possible in the lower elevations while folks are supposed to leave for work or school.

The coverage does taper off later Friday, and changes back to rain for the Valley Friday afternoon. That can simply wash away what the Valley sees of the snow. Friday’s high will only be around 39 degrees.

Friday night can see patchy ice develop, no matter what fell or stuck, with a low in the upper 20s.

The weekend dries out but it’s quite chilly.

Stick with WVLT News for the latest on our local forecast!

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