Storms give way to sunshine Friday

The storm threat has passed, but more rainy weather arrives Saturday.
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 3:58 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 8:21 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Warmer weather and frequent sunny skies may power a few select storms to bubble up Friday, but mostly south of Interstate 40. The late-night forecast Friday into Saturday is fascinating, as a diminishing line of loud thunderstorms rolls in from Middle Tennessee.

We have sunshine to spare from Sunday through most of next week!


Severe storms left a path of damage from Cumberland County well into parts of Campbell County Thursday evening. Reports ranged from damaged in Norma to large hail in Sunbright to a damaged school in Pleasant Hill.

Spotty downpours will remain possible until just after midnight. After that we’re in for a more quiet night with some patchy fog on a humid Friday morning.

For the third time this week, Friday could be the warmest day of the year. That, plus the sunshine, plus the humidity, may flare up some storms in our southernmost counties.

The interesting twist on the forecast is what can survive coming out of Middle Tennessee Friday night. The thunderstorms are weakening fast as they drop off the Cumberland Plateau. The first batch of storms is potentially arriving near midnight with some heavier rain on Saturday morning. These storms move west to east, weakening all the while.


Saturday’s time-frame for rain is still uncertain, to be fully transparent. The best chances for rain are in our western counties, with the lesser chances of rain trending towards northeast Tennessee. While it’s NOT an all-day rain, you should plan on having indoor options for when it does rain. We’re also 10-15 degrees colder Saturday.

Sunday is a gorgeous, sun-soaked day, after a few pre-dawn rain showers.

Monday through Thursday shapes up to be quite nice, but colder air is back! High temps are in the lower 60s for Wednesday and Thursday and next Friday could be chilly!

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

Wet weather for the weekend eventually gives way to cooler, drier weather next week.
Wet weather for the weekend eventually gives way to cooler, drier weather next week.(WVLT)

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