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Rain to snow and WVLT First Alert for frigid wind chills ahead

Chief Meteorologist Heather Haley is tracking this cold front and impacts on our area.
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 4:37 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2021 at 10:24 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A cold front is moving in a line of rain and changing it over to snow for some, but we will ALL feel the bitter cold wind chills Thursday. Our WVLT First Alert covers your Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings, and the widespread “feels like” temperatures 15+ degrees below average.

WHAT TO EXPECT

We’re warming to around 56 degrees today, with some midday clearing then increasing afternoon clouds the main line of rain and the cold front moving in late afternoon to start.

The line of rain moves in from the west, but changes to snow in the higher elevations. This turns into melting snow for a few hours. Then for a short amount of time, the snow will stick and accumulate in spots on the Plateau, in Northeast Tennessee, Southeastern Kentucky, and into the Smoky Mountains. We’ll have scattered snow showers continue overnight, so some in our snowfall potential map collect this much, others in the same county don’t catch the showers. Tonight drops to 29 degrees, with a cold wind out of the north.

Snowfall map from the WVLT Weather team
Snowfall map from the WVLT Weather team(WVLT)

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday will be very chilly, with a morning low of 29 degrees and then an afternoon high of 37 degrees. This is already about 10 degrees below average for the high, but the Northerly wind up to 10 mph makes it feel another 5+ degrees colder at times. This is why we have a WVLT First Alert for Thursday, so be ready for the warm winter layers again! The last couple of snow showers will be left in the mountains early, with more afternoon sunshine.

Wind chills are actually 15+ degrees below the average high on Thursday.
Wind chills are actually 15+ degrees below the average high on Thursday.(WVLT)

Temperatures starts to rebound back to “normal” going into the weekend, but more showers arrive late Saturday. We’ll have mostly rain for Sunday, with some snow in the mountains, since most of the area is around 51 degrees. Then we’ll have some more rain to snow showers for Monday, as the Valley is in the low 40s and the higher elevations only reach the upper 30s.

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