Much needed rain continues through Friday. Cooler this weekend!

The day has finally arrived. Not only do we have rain moving into the Tennessee Valley, we have a good amount of showers and maybe even a few thundershowers in store for us. It’s been a gloomy day so far, with a few light showers moving through. Heavier showers will fill in this afternoon and evening, as the cold front we’ve been waiting for swoops through the area. The later it gets in the day, the higher the rain chance. Temps will stay in the upper 60s to lower 70s this afternoon.

Rain will continue off and on this afternoon through Friday morning. Some rainfall could be heavy at times, and like I mentioned above, a few thundershowers may be embedded into the mix! That’s good news, because that means a heavier rainfall with that pocket of rain, depicted by the yellows and reds you see on Futurecast. I think that line will situate itself along and south oh Highway 64 in Tennessee. Showers persist through the evening, overnight, and eventually wane off Friday morning. You’ll still want the rain gear before you step out Friday due to lingering showers in the area. Winds gusting out of the north Friday will keep us cool, with highs only getting up into the upper 50s. Gusts up to 20mph Friday are likely!

Today’s new drought monitor does not portray worsening conditions here in the Tennessee Valley, but we know it hasn’t rained much since the last update. The entire TN Valley viewing area remains in an extreme drought. I do expect today and tomorrow’s rainfall to help some, but it will not completely eradicate drought conditions. We’ll take all the help we can get, though! Some parts of the area may see up to an inch of rain by Friday evening, if the thundershowers that we are expecting do develop.

Today and tomorrow are our best rain chance for a while, however we may see a few showers breeze in this weekend. Chances aren’t great and don’t bother to cancel any plans, but the small chance is there. Temps will be cooler this weekend. Friday we won’t get out of the 50s, and lower 60s are expected Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The first half of next week looks dry, with temps warming back up to the mid 60s.

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