First Alert: Storms late & widespread standing water

Meteorologist Ben Cathey is also tracking cooler, drier weather before another prolonged soggy patch.
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 2:59 PM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 10:06 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Good news, bad news: the heaviest of the First Alert rainfall window is done. The back line of rain comes tonight, with a few raindrops along the cold front Wednesday morning.

We then have nearly four days to dry back out, before even more spring storms return early next week.


After 11:00 p.m. Eastern, storms move west to east from Middle Tennessee towards the Valley. These show signs of weakening but the primary concern remains: flash flooding from several more hours of steady rain. There will also be some lightning - though less than early Tuesday. The back and final line of storms (which is the strongest stuff late tonight) is the cold front. That round of rain is here just before dawn. These storms are less likely to have damaging winds or tornadoes than it once looked. That’s the ‘good news’ here.

Dark clouds race across the Campbell County skyline Tuesday
Dark clouds race across the Campbell County skyline Tuesday(WVLT)


The rain Wednesday starts to wind down, with spotty afternoon showers and a partly cloudy view. The cooler air moves in with a high around 72 degrees.

Then Thursday and Friday are partly cloudy, with spotty rain chances, and in the mid to upper 60s.

Saturday comes with increasing clouds, but rain is isolated for now. We’ll see it increase more on Mother’s Day, Sunday, with a warm-up to the 70s ahead of the next system. Mother’s Day starts a new soggy stretch, with rain likely early Monday and then again on Wednesday of next week.

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