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.