Rain and possible strong storms tonight, winds could gust to 40-60mph
As the afternoon progresses cloud cover will increase along with wind ahead of a cold front. It will be breezy with sustained southerly wind at 10-15mph and gusts at 20-25mph, which may blow around fall decorations. Higher elevations will likely have higher wind gusts, especially along the Cumberland Plateau. Highs today will be in the mid-70s.
Then, tonight a system of showers and storms will move across our area from west to east. There will likely be two bands of embedded storms - first from around 6-10PM EDT and a second from about 12-4AM EDT. These storms will have heavy rainfall and gusty wind. Total rainfall across the area with range on average from 0.5-1.25" with the higher amounts to the west and lower amounts to the east.
Chattanooga, Dalton, and west are under a Marginal risk (Level 1/5) for severe weather, which means isolated strong to severe storms will be possible. The primary threat for us will be damaging wind, which may bring down tree limbs or cause power outages.
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By 8AM Tuesday morning, showers will be exiting our eastern counties. Clouds will clear, becoming mostly sunny on Tuesday.
Depending on the wind on Tuesday morning, we'll need to watch for patchy dense fog early before dry air works in mid-morning.