Clouds and rain are taking over this morning, after a couple of nice, bright days. 4WARN Live Doppler Radar right now (as of 8am) shows much of the area dealing with showers.
On the Cumberland Plateau, a few wet snowflakes may also be mixing in. It’s not even out of the question that we’ll have a couple sleet pellets in a few communities early this morning. However, wherever this mixing occurs it won’t stick. It’s far too mild. Here’s a look at temperatures as of 8am…
We were actually much colder (down near freezing) around midnight. Then, as clouds thickened and a south wind developed just before dawn, temperatures rose to where they are now.
Looking at the regional radar view, you might think we’ll be done with rain by late afternoon (since the back edge is just wet of Memphis). However, more showers will develop in time, keeping at least the possibility of rain in our forecast through tomorrow.
Take a look at today’s temperature breakdown:
FUTURECAST shows the progression of rain this afternoon.
If you’re going out to dinner or a party this evening to celebrate the new year, don’t be tricked into leaving your umbrella at home or in the car if it’s not raining when you leave the house. The rain should be breaking up in coverage by then. However, more showers will rotate through here and there through the overnight as shown below:
For those who will party through midnight ringing in the New Year, count on a few lingering showers and temperatures in the 40s….so it’ll be relatively mild!
Tomorrow, we have our last home Titans game of the season — in fact the last Titans game of the season, period. The forecast looks so-so. It won’t be a washout, but we will have a few showers in the area, with clouds. It’ll be milder, too, with a game time temperature of 50 and a high in the mid afternoon around 55.
It gets even warmer for Monday and Tuesday. In between (Monday evening) there could be a few strong thunderstorms, as another rain maker moves through. While it’s not a great set up for severe weather, the Storm Prediction Center does have the Mid State in a Marginal Threat zone for that potential for a couple of strong-severe storms. Damaging wind will be the main threat….but again, it’s a small one.
On Wednesday, it gets cold…and remains cold for a while! A few snow flurries will be possible on Thursday, but with no accumulation. Saturday (one week from today) is a day we’ll have to watch.
One of the primary long-term computer models has us getting a significant winter storm with accumulating snow/ice. Another however keeps Middle Tennessee completely sunny. Talk about a difference!!
I’ll share more on that storm coming up shortly on Channel 4 News Today, between 8:30am and 9:30am.