Pushing 80° Wednesday before a First Alert

Our next WVLT First Alert is here for off-and-on storms Thursday. Meteorologist Ben Cathey tracks where they could be heavier.
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 5:08 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 11:25 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - One last dry and mild day is here Wednesday (hello shorts!) but then a WVLT First Alert returns. Thursday could bring some morning thunder, impacting drivers during the morning and perhaps evening commute.

While some days now appear drier, the start of the weekend could be soggy.


Did you notice the smoke Tuesday? Some of it will be back Wednesday, as foresters use another dry day to ignite purpose-set fires. The Tuesday fires actually left parts of Knox and Blount County in the RED LEVEL Tuesday morning. The U.S. Government’s AirNow group classifies this as ‘unhealthy’ levels of the PM2.5 particulates.

At Look Rock, following nearby Cherokee National Forest controlled burns
At Look Rock, following nearby Cherokee National Forest controlled burns(WVLT)

Wednesday is spectacular. The rain threat is very slim, in far western Cumberland and Fentress Counties. The rest of us are dry and a bit more humid.

Our next First Alert is Thursday. Storms initially weaken in dry air before dawn Thursday, still west of I-75. Then some more rain and storms moves in towards Watts Bar, Crossville, and Sweetwater. While there’s a good amount of energy, the air is still a little on the dry side. Brief ponding is possible for the morning commute, however, widespread flooding is unlikely. Our dry weather as of late is helping there.

We could actually get some sunshine Thursday afternoon. That may lead to a secondary round of rain Thursday afternoon, though mostly northeast of Knoxville.


Friday should be a little drier than it once looked. The showers stay primarily to our south, more so Chattanooga and into Alabama and Georgia. We’re still relatively mild, and some may want to wear shorts. No doubt humidity will be a larger factor.

Saturday now appears on the 8-day with our highest rain chance. There is more Gulf of Mexico moisture to tap into. The rain could be heaviest in the mountains, and should be widespread through the whole area.

Sunday is much more sunny. We’re looking good with only early morning rain chances. Monday and Tuesday are nice, with low-end showers on Tuesday.

Wednesday is sun-filled but a little cooler.

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