Rain Thursday, with sunshine to follow

Ben Cathey is watching more heavy rain on a First Alert Monday
Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 3:15 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2021 at 11:43 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Rain showers - plus a few light snow showers - are back in the local forecast Thursday morning. With some late-day clearing and a steady breeze, we’re back to mild temps.

While the weekend looks stunning, a First Alert is here Monday. That’s when we’re tracking heavy rain.


Rain is slated for the early morning hours of Thursday. We’ll have a 80% coverage of our area in mostly rain to start Thursday. Then we’ll see spotty showers fade midday to afternoon, but clouds stick around with a high around 48 degrees. Rainfall potential is maxing out around a quarter of an inch.

There is a marginal window for light snow; it’s mostly from Harlan, KY to Wise, VA and onwards towards the Greene County area. Most of that is outside of our area but many will at least see a few melting snowflakes mixing into the cold rain.


Friday is a largely calm and sunny day. There are some bouts of cold mid-level clouds that often form on this type of winter day, but we should have plentiful sunshine.

The weekend looks really nice! Sure, Saturday morning is quite chilly - well down into the low-to-mid 20s for most. But there’s a pleasing sun-filled rebound Saturday afternoon.

Sunday features lots of early sun but then increasing clouds. That heralds heavy rain Sunday night (late) through Monday. Monday is a First Alert Weather Day for the high likelihood of heavy rain. We’ve been targeting 1-2 inches of rain on Monday alone for whole area. That’s still the case. This ships out early Tuesday, with steady or falling temperatures Tuesday afternoon.

Another rain system - with a few snow showers possibly mixed in - is a close call for next Thursday. A couple miles overhead we will have some brutally cold air from way up in the Arctic Circle.

Stick with WVLT News for the latest on your forecast!

Monday comes with much heavier rainfall potential.
Monday comes with much heavier rainfall potential.(WVLT)
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