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Frigid start next two days, records could fall!

Meteorologist Ben Cathey is tracking more 80 degree days at the end of the week
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 5:36 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 6:29 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - We’re 25° colder across the map, compared with yesterday! We’re not that far from a record low overnight as snowflakes stick to the highest peaks of the Smoky Mountains.

The next shot in active weather is rain off & on for much of Saturday.

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you have not been outside on Wednesday, be prepared for shockingly colder weather. When you factor in the intense northwest winds of the Arctic cold front, you’re talking wind chills nearly 10° colder.

Well, the wind will diminish tonight, and the sky will largely clear. Both of those will allow temperatures to tank. The low temperature Thursday morning is just a few degrees away from the record low set in 1993. We also have a Freeze Warning for the whole area. You’ll want to cover vulnerable plants before bed tonight.

Thursday itself is a beautiful day but we are still well below average. Highs will only be around 60. If you’re in the sunshine, it will feel pleasant enough.

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday morning is also quite cold. We fall to the upper 30s, so some patches of frost are still possible at the highest elevations. On Friday afternoon clouds quickly build: we’re a little closer to average with highs in the middle to upper 60s. Dry weather is here for now but not for long.

Early Saturday morning rainfall moves in. This is not a major lightning or thunder storm threat. Despite that, there are so many outdoor events planned for this weekend. And at least for Saturday, the weather is not looking too great. You could expect off and on rainfall throughout the day. Additional showers come later Saturday night and rainfall should average around an inch generally speaking.

All the rainfall is gone by Sunday - which looks to be the nicer day by a landslide.

Monday Tuesday and Wednesday are much much warmer. We will make a beeline for the lower 80s.

Heavy storms look likely and have looked likely for days next Thursday.

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