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Slowly warming to spring levels as rain chances dip

Meteorologist Ben Cathey tracks a calmer, more level forecast in the coming week!
Published: May. 12, 2021 at 4:32 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 10:16 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - “What’s up with this cold weather?” That question - or some variation of it - is filling our inbox and is bouncing around the WVLT hallways. Yes, we are almost 20 degrees below average, but that March-like pattern is about to break Thursday.

Generally speaking, it’s a nicer and slowly warming week that awaits us.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The northeast wind is the bane of spring weather in East Tennessee and that’s here to stay for now, sadly. Those racing winds fade tonight , but we are just plain cold. You may wake to some patchy frost Thursday. While this may slow the Brood X cicadas down a couple of days, this is of no consequence to your plants. Apart from the cold, there’s a little patchy fog in the Foothills and Smoky Mountains.

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday is mostly clear to partly cloudy, but with some extra clouds in the afternoon to evening. Rain should be rare - just like my forecast has reflected for Thursday. The best chance for a pop-up afternoon shower is in the mountains.

Friday morning is also real cool, so you will want to plan ahead with layers that you can pack away later in the day. We have a few more clouds but it’s *closer* to average. We’re still on the crisp side, but we’re on the way up. Any and all rain should be way up in the national park.

This weekend is still on track to warm up! Saturday looks better, with a mostly sunny view and a high around 74 degrees. Spotty pop-ups are possible Sunday, especially in the higher elevations, but we’re warming back to the mid 70s.

Early next week cranks up to 80 on Monday, and then scattered storms move in on Tuesday. Rain looks less likely Wednesday and then we’re dry for a couple of days - with temps soaring into the lower 80s.

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