CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
With the rain gone, our focus now shifts to the cold and wind. With that said, there may be enough energy as the cold air filters in to produce a few light snow showers in the mountains today, but really, it is all about the cold. Temps will be in the upper 30s and low 40s through most of the afternoon. Winds will make it feel like it is in the low to mid 30s as they blow from the northwest this afternoon and evening at 10-20 mph from the northwest.
We will cool rapidly this evening, dropping into the 30s by 5pm. We will continue dropping tonight with partly cloudy skies and temps in the low 20s by Tuesday morning. Winds blowing from the northwest at 10-15 mph tonight will create a sharp wind chill in the single digits and teens.
Tuesday will be just cold. We will only climb into the low to mid 30s Tuesday afternoon with sunny skies. The winds will stay brisk from the northwest at 10-15 mph all day. Interestingly, the record for the coldest maximum temperature for Tuesday's date is 34 set in 1903. We have a really good chance of at least tying that tomorrow.
Wednesday will provide another cold start with lows in the low 20s, then we will climb to the mid 40s late in the day.
Thursday will be a bit less chilly. The low will be near 30 and the high in the low 50s.
Friday will see a few light rain showers as temps will continue to warm. It will start in the mid 30s Friday morning, climbing to the low 50s in the afternoon.
For the weekend, we continue to warm ahead of our next system. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high of 55. Sunday will be in the low 60s, but I expect some good rain to move through Sunday afternoon.