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RedTail Mountain , TN

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:15PM

Time to Dry Out

Whew - what a day! Torrential rain, flash flooding, thunder/lighting/wind, it has been a truly remarkable weather day across the High Country. But fortunately, outside of an isolated evening shower, it's all over with. This wave of moisture ran well ahead of a dry front that will move through the Southern Appalachians Tuesday afternoon. Much colder weather arrives Tuesday night and Wednesday. Even a few flurries are possible Wednesday morning (trivia-level stuff at best). Temperatures moderate Thursday and Friday.

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Monday

Hi: 66 Lo: 45

Decreasing clouds; An isolated evening shower; Wind becoming West 5-15 mph
Tuesday

Hi: 64 Lo: 34

Scattered clouds; Turing colder in the PM; SW wind 5-15 mph, becoming NW 10-20 mph Tue. night
Wednesday

Hi: 54 Lo: 33

Morning clouds; A few early snow flurries (mostly west); NW wind 10-20 mph
Thursday

Hi: 66 Lo: 39

Mostly clear; A bit milder by afternoon
Friday

Hi: 67 Lo: 40

Mostly sunny; Pleasant for late Oct.

Further Out

Saturday - Becoming cloudy; PM showers; High near 60 degrees; Low in the lower 30s
Sunday - AM showers possible; Then decreasing clouds; Chilly; High in the lower 50s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

A strong cold front brought torrential rain, flash flooding, strong thunderstorms, and high winds to the High Country. Preliminary rain totals of over 5" have been reported as of Monday evening. The front is pushing east, and the heavy rain is over. An isolated shower remains possible into this evening. Clouds decrease overnight.

Tuesday is a 'tweener--cooler but dry. Then colder air arrives Tuesday night leading to a seasonably cold Wednesday. A few flurries are possible early Wednesday, mainly along the western upslope and at high elevations. You will disappointed only if you expect more. There's far too much chatter "out there" about Wednesday. Tell your friends, "This is a lesson. Don't listen to or spread weather hype. We'll see snow hype on social media all winter long. Ignore it." Blustery winds will accompany the cold outbreak late Tuesday into Wednesday.

As high pressure moves across the Eastern U. S., temperatures moderate Thursday and Friday.

This weekend, another front will sweep east bringing another surge of colder air. Precise timing of its arrival is difficult--a Saturday night arrival is most likely. Expect showers Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Colder temperatures will be here Saturday night and Sunday.

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