Some sun to start the weekend, rain to end it

Weather

It’s been a cloudy January so far, but we’ve got a sunny start in store for this weekend. Saturday’s sky stays mostly clear, and highs climb into the mid 50s.

Rain, storms and a blustery breeze starting Sunday

It won’t rain all day Sunday, but some scattered showers are likely throughout the day and into the evening. Heavier, more widespread downpours begin Sunday evening and last through the night ahead of a warm front surging north from the Gulf Coast.

Temperatures only rise into the 50s on Sunday, but we’ll jump into the 60s on Monday as that front moves north into Tennessee. Expect a break in the rain for a while Monday morning through midday as temperatures soar to the warmest point in weeks, but a cold front will take advantage of that warm, humid air and kick off some locally-heavy thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening.

While there is no formal outline of a severe weather threat from the Storm Prediction Center, there may be just enough unstable air and just enough ‘muscle’ from this dynamic storm system to bring a few stronger storms: mainly with high winds, intense lightning and locally-heavy rain from 2 PM to 8 PM.

Drier, cooler air blows in behind the front for Monday night and Tuesday, but there will be another chance of some scattered showers by Wednesday.

Total rainfall through the next five days doesn’t look as impressive here as it will in areas to the north in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. We’ll get around a half-inch of rain to as much as two inches in Southern Middle Tennessee. Near the Kentucky-Tennessee border, up to three inches of rain could fall by Monday night.

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

-Jason
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