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

Chief Meteorologist Heather Haley tracks a batch of rain and then some sun to storms.
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 4:53 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 8:29 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - It’s another nice day, with some small changes as the next system approaches. This brings us rain and storms at times Thursday through Saturday, but it’s not a washout. Read on for the best times to get outside!


We have some extra clouds moving through today, making for more of a partly cloudy view at times. We’re also seeing some smoke and haze that can add to the filtered sunshine this afternoon. We’re topping out around 80 degrees, so nice and warm! Add in slightly higher humidity and very isolated rain and storms can develop on the Plateau, and a stray pop-up in the Smokies is possible.

Tonight becomes mostly cloudy, with a light breeze, and a warm low of 58 degrees. We’ll have spotty rain possible, but the first batch arrives just before sunrise.


We're tracking Morning rain and afternoon scattered storms.
We're tracking Morning rain and afternoon scattered storms.(WVLT)

The First Alert for Thursday is more of a monitoring setup, with the potential for slowdowns from the morning batch of rain and then a few storms developing in the afternoon can be be stronger. The best coverage of our area is with the morning batch of rain, with 60% of our area. We’ll have more of a 40% coverage of our area in afternoon storms, with some sunshine and still warm at 74 degrees.

Friday is looking more isolated on the rain chances, but we should still see a few develop in the afternoon to evening. This means we’re back to around 79 degrees, and it’s a humid day.

Saturday’s coverage and rainfall potential is the peak, so a good day to make indoor plans. We’re looking to collect an average of three quarters of an inch of rain, with a high closer to 70 degrees.

Sunday is clearing early, with a stray leftover shower in the morning, and a nice afternoon in the low 70s.

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