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Quiet ahead of rain and wintry mix, First Alert Friday

Heather Haley is tracking the rain to snow line and impacts to our area.
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 4:45 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 9:44 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Clouds are in and out today and tomorrow, ahead of a cold front. A WVLT First Alert Weather Day is on track for Friday, but the conditions vary greatly from rain to sleet and snow in our area.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Wednesday comes with a mix of sun and clouds, so it’s partly cloudy to mostly cloudy at times. We have a light breeze, and a near normal high of 44 degrees.

Thursday warms a little more, ahead of that front, with a high of 48 degrees. It’s a mostly cloudy afternoon, and only spotty showers are possible during the day. Scattered showers increasing Thursday evening.

LOOKING AHEAD

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)
Pockets of heavier snow and slush potential outside of the Valley Friday.
Pockets of heavier snow and slush potential outside of the Valley Friday.(WVLT)

Rain moves in and turns to sleet and snow in the higher elevations Thursday night through Friday.

WVLT First Alert Weather Day: While the Valley is mostly rain, a brief change to sleet and snow makes it slushy in spots and adds to the wet streets. The Plateau, Northeast Tennessee, Southeastern Kentucky and the foothills to the Smokies all see the sleet and snowfall more persistent and accumulating in spots. This makes for a messy morning across the entire region, and a challenge if you commute to a different area and for road crews.

We’ll have rain showers continue in the Valley Friday afternoon, with sleet and snow still in the higher elevations. We’re all left with a colder day, with a high of only 39 degrees and a breeze that makes it feel a little colder.

The weekend clears out and stays chilly. Monday comes with rain showers again, and now a chance to see that change to snow showers Monday night. Actually middle of next week, we could see that rain to some late snow yet again.

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