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Mild with a few showers today, ahead of a cold front’s rain to some snow

Chief Meteorologist Heather Haley tracks who sees flurries to snow showers by Thursday morning.
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 4:51 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 10:16 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - We have a mild day with scattered rain, ahead of a cold front. This system drives in rain tonight, but the change to snow impacts parts of our area more than others.

WHAT TO EXPECT

It’s a mostly cloudy Wednesday, but the warmer air is flowing in ahead of that cold front. That puts today around 50 degrees. We do have a few rain showers developing at times.

The leading edge of the organized rain reaches Southeastern Kentucky this evening, and then slides south. We’ll collect about a half an inch to one inch of rain on average across our area ahead of the change to snow. The change to snow is more organized at the Tennessee, Kentucky line, with a few snow showers for the rest of our area. We’ll drop to around 31 degrees closer to 10 AM Thursday, which is a few hours later than when we normally hit the low. It’s also a cold wind, with Northwesterly flow 10 to 15 mph and gusts around 20 mph at times.

Change to snow best at the Tennessee, Kentucky line.
Change to snow best at the Tennessee, Kentucky line.(WVLT)

LOOKING AHEAD

We’ll have scattered, light snow showers leftover early Thursday and become spotty. This means it is not widespread, but we will all feel the cold air Thursday. Thursday’s official high comes from the overnight hours in the mid 40s, but the afternoon is only around 34 degrees, with a cold breeze gusting up to 15 mph at times.

Friday starts out in the low 20s, and only warms to around 30 degrees, since we have lingering clouds. This helps to create spotty flurries to mountain snow showers.

Temperatures rebound to upper 30s this weekend, with a mix of sun and clouds.

We’ll make it back to the low 40s by next week, with a few rain to snow showers Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

We’re monitoring another potential for snowfall just beyond the 8-day forecast.

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