Sunday Evening, December 10, 2017

The Valley stays cool and dry for the coming week

Despite a very frigid morning throughout the region, sunshine and calm winds allowed the Valley to finally thaw out and warm into the upper 40s this afternoon. Some areas event reached the low 50s today!

Expect another chilly evening as temperatures quickly tumble after sunset. Bundle up for any dinner or holiday shopping plans since thermometers will be back in the upper 30s after 6pm.

Overnight lights will be frosty, though thankfully not as cold as what we experienced the prior couple of nights. Morning commute temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s, but there will be plenty of sunshine at sunrise.

Monday will offer some relief from the bitter cold as highs jump back into the mid 50s. That will put us near average for the start of the work week.

Minor shifts in temperatures: It will be fleeting break from the cold, however — another blast of arctic air knocks temperatures back down through the course of the week. By Tuesday afternoon high temperatures will only be in the 40s again. It’s possible for a few snowflakes to fall in Southern Tennessee Tuesday afternoon, but since our air is so dry it’s unlikely that any flakes would make it to the ground.

Temperatures stay cool through the rest of this coming work week. It looks like a pattern shift will finally occur over this weekend, with some milder air returning through the middle of the month.

Election Day Forecast: It will be cold but dry when heading out to the polls on Tuesday!

Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies for much of morning through afternoon. In addition, a dry cold front will swing through the Valley, ushering in another blast of chilly air to the region. Northwest winds will be blustery at times, with gusts as high as 15-20 mph.

Planning for the Holidays: This December has already brought a warm spell, widespread rain, a cold snap, and even snow! So, what will it bring by month’s end?

If you’re hoping for a white Christmas, don’t get your hopes up. Climatologically, there’s only about a 10% chance of a white Christmas in the Tennessee Valley. This year the chances of a white Christmas look about the same. It’s not impossible, but it’s not likely at this point.

Tennessee Valley Forecast:

SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cold. Low: 30. Wind: SW 3-5.

MONDAY: Mostly clear and warmer with temperatures climbing into the mid-to-upper 50s, which is average for mid-December. High: 54. Wind: SW 7-12.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and frosty, though not as cold as previous nights. Low: 35. Wind: SW 7-12.

TUESDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy, breezy and very cold as another blast of arctic air moves in. High: 43. Wind: NW 10-15, gusts 20-25.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold. Overnight lows drop to the mid-teens in cold spots, low 20s in town. Protect your pipes and pets! Low: 23. Wind: NW 5-10.

WEDNESDAY: A hard freeze in the morning, partly cloudy and chilly in the afternoon . High: 45.  Wind: W 5-10.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A shift in the wind brings slightly less frigid air to the Valley; overnight lows still cold, in the upper 20s to low 30s. Low: 32. Wind: SW 3-5.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy and warm compared to the previous several days! Temperatures gradually moderating back into the upper 40s to lower 50s. High: 50. Wind: SW 5-10.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and frosty. Low: 31. Wind: NW 7-12.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and cold. High: 48. Wind: NW 5-10.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and very cold; hard freeze likely. Low: 29. Wind: W 3-5.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy and cool; temperatures around average for mid-December. High: 53. Wind: SW 5-10. SSW 5-10.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds but temperatures a good 10-20 degrees warmer than the previous few nights as the next rainmaker approaches the region. Low: 45. Wind: SSW 3-5.

SUNDAY: Widespread cloud cover as scattered rain falls throughout the region. High: 58. Rain: 50%. Wind: SSW 5-10.

MONDAY: Rain showers ending in the morning, becoming partly cloudy and cool in the afternoon. High: 51. Wind: WNW 5-10.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and cool. High: 52. Wind: NW 5-10.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. High: 54. Wind: SE 5-10.