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Rapid Recovery

After a cold front grazed the Smokey Mountains, bringing a trace of snow mixed with rain to the Knoxville area, something unexpected happened. Temperatures bounced back in a big way on Monday afternoon. There was some anticipation that there would be a recovery with warmer temperatures later in the week, but they jumped 6-10 degrees over what our forecast outlets predicted. It made sense, synoptically when looking at the moderation of a jet trough in the region but we were all slow to the party. Forecast.io had few errors besides that Monday high, and won the day.
Sunday – Trace of snow, .03 inches of rain, High 44, Low 35
Monday – Trace of snow, High 47, Low 28

Grade: B-D

Knoxville, Tennessee

We’re headed southeast to the Smokey Mountains for today’s forecast. What will happen at the University of Tennessee over the next two days?

At 653PM, ET, Knoxville was reporting a temperature of 44 degrees with clear skies. They were between waves rotating around the area of circulation still hovering along the Labrador Coast. Flurries were beginning to show up on radar northeast of Crossville, though no sites were reporting any south of the Ohio River. There were winter weather advisories issued for the higher terrain surrounding eastern Tennessee, foretelling snow becoming able to reach the ground.
The deepest part of the trough will dig into eastern Tennessee by Sunday afternoon, bringing with it an increase in the snow shower activity through the evening. Aloft, the nose of a jet will push into the area by Monday morning, pushing out the last remnants of snow. It will be rather chilly on Monday, but a recovery in temperatures will be right around the corner.
Tomorrow – A few snow and rain showers, breezy. High 43, Low 32
Monday – early snow, otherwise becoming mostly sunny, High 40, Low 28

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain and snow in the morning. The rain and snow will change to rain showers in the afternoon. High 42, Low 33
Monday – Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. (early snow) High 40, Low 27

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and chilly with a rain or snow shower in spots High 42, Low 33
Monday – A snow shower early on in the morning; otherwise, chilly with clouds and sunny spells High 41, Low 28

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of rain and snow between 9am and 11am, then rain likely after 11am. Cloudy High 43, Low 33
Monday – A 10 percent chance of snow before 7am. Mostly sunny, High 41, Low 28

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy, a chance of snow or rain in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Snow likely late in the afternoon. Little to no accumulation, HIgh 40, Low 35
Monday – Mostly sunny (early snow) High 41, Low 31

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with chance of light wintry mix, High 41, Low 34
Monday – Partly cloudy, High 37, Low 27

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting in the afternoon. High 45, Low 32
Monday- Flurries overnight. High 43, Low 28

That’s a pretty uniform forecast for one with snow showers. This is because this storm isn’t very dynamic this far south. It’s pretty easy to figure out what’s going on. Here is the radar, showing something emerging northeast from Crossville.

Knoxville, Tennessee to Bloomington, Illinois

Today we are heading from scenic Eastern Tennessee all the way up into the heart of Illinois, where my cousin goes to school at! 528 miles separate these 2 cities, so it will only take us 1 day to traverse the distance. Will it be pleasant as this holiday weekend has been so far? Let’s take a look!


High pressure is found throughout the region, so dry weather is anticipated for the entirety of today’s trip. Some overcast skies are expected for our departure out of Knoxville, but they’re expected to break up by mid-morning with still mostly cloudy skies, but much higher up than the morning’s stratus deck. Winds aren’t expected to be an issue either, staying under 10mph for pretty much the entire day. The only thing that might slow us down is some construction between Louisville and Indianapolis, but the rest of the trip should be easy going!


Louisville, Kentucky to Knoxville, Tennessee

Hey, it’s another short little trip. It’s just a half day trek through the hills of eastern Kentucky to eastern Tennessee and the lovely metropolis of Knoxville. 245 miles separate the two towns, and we will cover the ground at a pace of about 61.6mph. We don’t have far to go, so let’s be on our way!

An area of low pressure moving out of the central Plains will begin to pull in a stout southwesterly flow that will serve to warm up our route quite a bit. It’s been a while, but this could definitely be a “windows down” kind of trip. No problems during the drive to Knoxville!


Winds whistle through Rocky Top

It sure was chilly on Friday morning in Knoxville. Temperatures dipped to 5 degrees on Friday morning, which is dangerously cold for a population unaccustomed to such temperatures. A windy front howled through eastern Tennessee yesterday, with winds nearly hitting 40 degrees, with a few flakes riding the breeze. The winds did carry warmer air, though, so there was a 10 degree warm up with the afternoon high. The Weather Channel had the best temperature forecast, but were the only ones not to include snow. They ended up tied with the Weatherbug as a result.
Actuals: Friday, High 28, Low 5
Saturday – Trace of snow, High 38, Low 22

Grade: B

Montgomery, Alabama to Knoxville, Tennessee

Time for the 3rd trip of the week, but this time, it will be a bit more manageable, as we head only from Alabama to Tennessee. It will be a one day trek, covering 342 miles and lasting just over 5 hours. That’s barely a tank of gas! Our average speed will be about 64mph, but only if we follow the speed limit everywhere. (They drive fast in Birmingham)


Tomorrow is going to be unusually cold for the south. Even from Montgomery north through Alabama, we might now reach freezing at any point of the day. There will be fairly calm winds between some return flow showers along the Texas Coast and our advancing cold front north of Tennessee. We will have one issue that always seems to come up on road trips. It will be chilly when we leave, but sunny through the trip, so the car will heat up. Your jacket will be unbearable, and you will attempt to take it off while driving. That’s obviously dangerous. It will also be frustrating if you have to stop for gas and get out in the cold before Knoxville.

Knoxville, Tennessee

To the hills of eastern Tennessee for our forecast today. A lot of moisture has been expended in this part of the world this winter. More of the same this weekend?

At 1253PM, ET, Knoxville was reporting a temperature of 26 degrees with a vigorous westerly breeze and mostly cloudy skies. A cold front has pressed east of the Appalachians, allowing the infiltration of Arctic air and the brisk westerly winds. High pressure will hold fast through the day tomorrow into the early morning on Saturday, meaning mostly sunny skies with chilly temperatures.
An area of low pressure operating within the upper level trough bringing the cold weather will move through the Hudson Bay area, but will dangle a cold front into the Tennessee Valley. There won’t be a lot of moisture associated with the system, but the chilly temperatures, and the retreat of the upper level trough will make for some potentially dangerous conditions, with light, fluffy snow driven by fairly gusty winds, creating some major visibility issues.
Tomorrow – Chilly but mostly sunny, High 25, Low 9
Saturday – Light snow possible with gusty winds, High 36 Low 17

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 28, Low 5
Saturday – AM Clouds / PM Sun Hih 40, Low 19

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and cold; extreme cold can be dangerous for outdoor activities in the morning High 25, Low 7
Saturday – Partly sunny, windy and chilly with a snow shower High 39, Low 17

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 26, Low 7
Saturday – A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Partly sunny High 40, Low 16

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 25, Low 6
Saturday – Partly sunny. A chance of snow showers in the morning…then a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Brisk High 39, Low 17

I’m not s confident in Knoxville’s ability to warm up on Saturday thanks to that second round of flurries and northwest winds. We’ll see what happens.

An Early Calm

Given the weather that’s moved through the eastern US over the last 24-48 hours, the Knoxville area enjoyed a couple days of relatively nice weather. Today they got hit by a strong thunderstorm that dumped nearly an inch of rain! For the last couple of days that February normally finishes with, however, temperatures moved up into the 70s with a somewhat chilly start to each morning. TWC narrowly edged out VW and WB for the win.

Monday: High 65, Low 39.
Tuesday: High 70, Low 37.
Forecast Grade: B

Knoxville, Tennessee

We are spending our entire day in the Volunteer State today, as our forecast is for the opposite end of the state from Memphis.

At 1253AM, ET, Knoxville was reporting a temperature of 41 degrees, with mostly cloudy skies, thanks to some help from the mountains to the east of town. Knoxville found itself between an area of low pressure that was moving through the Great Lakes and a surface disturbance over Florida, neither of which presented much of a threat to Knoxville for the time being.
The next system to be monitored by residents of Knoxville is an area of low pressure presently in the southwestern United States. A wave will interact with what is initially a thermal low and carry it east over the Rockies, after which point it will explode into a strong winter system. A tendril of associated moisture will find its way to Knoxville late on Tuesday, with a shance for some showers before midnight.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 63, Low 38
Tuesday – Increasing clouds, with a chance for rain late, High 66, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 64, Low 39
Tuesday – Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. Slight chance of a rain shower High 67, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun High 62, Low 34
Tuesday – Rather cloudy High 64, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, High 61, Low 34
Tuesday – Partly sunny, High 67, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 61, Low 36
Tuesday – Partly sunny. High 67, Low 38

I am a little quicker with the rain in Knoxville, but we all agree that Wednesday (not being forecast for here) is going to be stormy.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Knoxville, Tennessee

It’s the Philly-Knoxville express as we head from Pennsylvania’s largest city to the Smokeys of eastern Tennessee. It’s going to take us a day and a half to get there, covering 478 miles of the 625 on the first day of the trek. It’s going to be a fairly slow drive thanks to the stretch between Philly and DC, and we’ll only be covering ground at about 59.8mph. Let’s go drivin’!


The first leg of our journey will be delightful, save for the incumbent traffic in Philadelphia, Baltimore and DC, as temperatures should be in the low 70s and there won’t be a bit of rain. A nice little ridge of high pressure is building into the Mid-Atlantic, but will also help pin some showers in the southern Appalachians. The threat for rain will pick up around Staunton, Virginia and will continue along with us right on down to the stop on our trip in Chilhowie, which is southwest of Roanoke. Isn’t that hw it always is? It starts raining as soon as we hit mountains.

A weak little area of low pressure will develop over southern Alabama and shift north to be parked between Huntsville and Chattanooga by the time we are ready to go on Monday. It will be extraordinarily wet for our short drive through the high country along the Virginia/Tennessee border. Somewhere on the order of 1-2 inches will fall around the Tri Cities just during our 3 hour drive. We’ll finally make it to Knoxville, in need of an umbrella.