We will start our 2018 in eastern Tennessee, nestled in between Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. Starting off the year, why don’t we touch as many states as possible?
At 1055 AM, ET, Johnson City was reporting a temperature of 16 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Even for January, this is a very cold start to the day, and the clouds in the area are actually keeping things a little bit warmer, as areas across the border in North Carolina are seeing single digits, even as the noon hour approaches.
Surface high pressure dominates the region underneath an upper level trough. As the next couple of days continue, that ridge of high pressure will only get stronger, and move to a greater position of dominance. The light westerlies that are halping to produce the clouds in the area this morning will taper off as a strong system develops off the Carolina coast. The northeasterly flow will help to temper some of the cold air, thanks to mechanical forcing, but the clear skies at night will allow for more brutally cold morning lows.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 26, Low 4
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 32, Low 8
TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies, High 31, Low 9
Wednesday – Cloudy skies. High 34, Low 13
AW: Tomorrow – Plenty of sunshine, but very cold; extreme cold can be dangerous in the morning High 27, Low 2
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy and cold; extreme cold can be dangerous for outdoor activities in the morning High 34, Low 8
NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 24, Low 3
Wednesday – Partly sunny, High 29, Low 7
WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 27, Low 7
Wednesday – Partly sunny, High 33, Low 9
WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 24, Low 3
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 29, Low 7
FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 28, Low 3
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 31, Low 14
The most recent run of the GFS was significantly warmer in Johnson City than previous iterations. The Weather Channel is hedging hard towards those warmer temperatures, but the rest f us, knowing that it is an off hour run, are suspicious. Here is a look at the satellite imagery, showing off a patch of clouds over eastern Tennessee, keeping the area liveable.