WVLT Weather Alert: Spotty strong storms Thursday
Really intense summer-like heat and humidity are triggering a storm risk Thursday afternoon. We have a WVLT WEATHER ALERT in place from now through 8 o’clock this evening.
Batches of storms and 90s are the ‘norm’ from now through Saturday.
We are watching “Cristobal” in the middle of next week.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Just like a normal summer day, storms are flaring up in the foothills of the Smokies and on the Cumberland Plateau. Unlike a normal summer day, some of these pulse storms could be briefly severe through sunset.
We’re very close to 90 degrees this afternoon, and dew points are close to 70. Point is: it feels hotter than a swamp out there.
This afternoon, it looks like Gatlinburg and 321, along with Rockwood-Wartburg-Barbourville-LaFollette will get our strongest storms. Gusty winds, frequent loud lightning, pea-sized hail, and downpours are our biggest risks. If the storm over you doesn’t move much, we could get brief isolated flooding.
Storms are more likely near Knoxville – the Tennessee River Valley – after dusk, and they’ll be a bit weaker.
We’re just below 70 tonight, and it’s ridiculously humid. Two fun notes: the moon will appear to be full tonight. We will also have a flyover from the International Space Station, which is neat!
AVERAGE LOW: 61°
AVERAGE HIGH: 82°
Showers are likely late tonight but the storms early Friday should be a little more intense. These will pass through the 75 corridor pretty close to dawn. That could lead to widespread traffic slow-downs on our busiest roads.
Better news by lunch: most of the rain is gone. Some of the clouds stick around, however, and that gets our high temp down to 86° in Knoxville.
Both weekend days are at 90° but the *slightly* better day to be outside is Sunday. There are a few rain chances each day, but there’s a higher chance of rain coming on-and-off on Saturday.
We have very low-end chances of rain Sunday, Monday, and most of Tuesday. Then Cristobal – In a weakened state, we need to note – could bring us some downpours. These slow-moving ‘remnant lows’ often leave big rains behind, but there’s very little wind. This rain lasts through much of Wednesday.
The dry side of the storm should dry us out Thursday and Friday of next week.
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