First Alert: Rain impacts Thursday errands, but lots of sun ahead

Meteorologist Ben Cathey watches ‘Orange’ air quality day Thursday but sun is back by Sunday
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 5:28 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 10:10 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - There’s abundant sunshine for the rest of Wednesday as we push for one of the warmest days of 2021! While there is still some haze, the air quality down at the ground is much better.

A few storms roll in for the morning drive Thursday and some try to re-develop in the afternoon. We have a low-end First Alert Thursday for the nuisance impact of traffic slow-downs from that rain.

Much of next week is much drier. Keep on reading for the details!


After the warmest day of the year, some spotty storms are here in four waves on a First Alert Day.

For stormy weather Thursday
For stormy weather Thursday(WVLT)

Thursday is that aforementioned First Alert. While rain is mostly west of Knoxville and the busy Interstate 75 corridor through the traditional morning commute, weaker showers may have you grabbing the rain jacket closer to lunch. We actually get some good early afternoon sunshine, generating some energy for a few spotty afternoon storms. Most of those are coming out of Kentucky, impacting Scott, Anderson, Knox, and Campbell Counties. These then move to the east by the late afternoon.

Most that do get rain will see under half-an-inch. The better chance for stronger storms is in Northeast Tennessee after dinner-time.

Friday is a real ‘mixed bag,’ with nicer weather to the north. There may be a few isolated thunderstorms in Monroe and McMinn Counties, with the best bet of getting any rain coming south of I-40.


Onto the weekend! Rain comes in numerous batches Saturday, with some deeper (heavier) Gulf moisture to tap into. That’s a marked contrast to what we’ve been seeing on Thursday and Friday. This is not as much of a thunder threat but the rain could create a more soggy day to go with slightly cooler spring weather.

Sunday clears out nicely! Monday is sporting full sunshine with only a limited chance of rain next Tuesday.

Stick with WVLT News for the latest on the forecast where you live!

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