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Published on April 12, 2024
Knoxville Braces for Blustery Conditions with High Winds and Thunderstorms ForecastedSource: Unsplash/Stephen Ellis

The National Weather Service out of Morristown is forecasting some blustery days ahead for Knoxville, with today possibly bringing showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m., the high winds could kick up gusts as strong as 30 mph, details the NWS update. With the temperature reaching a near 60 degrees and a west wind of 15 to 20 mph, residents should brace for choppy conditions and keep an eye out for less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall, though thunderstorms might lead to higher amounts.

Tonight's forecast suggests a calming trend with only a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms fading before 7 p.m., the skies will mostly clear and temperatures should drop to the mid-40s, with persistent southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts hitting 20 mph tops. The weekend paints a brighter picture as Saturday promises sunny skies paired with a comfortable high of 71, and similar conditions continue into Sunday with temperatures geared to soar near 79 degrees, according to the weather service's latest briefing.

The region also received a Hazardous Weather Outlook early this morning, issuing a warning about strong westerly winds across east Tennessee, prompting caution over gusts up to 35 mph in most areas, the mountains could face even harsher gusts between 40 to 45 mph, "Additionally, any heavier showers or thunderstorms
that move through this afternoon will likely have small hail due to the cold air aloft," the outlook further states. While the rest of the week doesn't seem to hold any troubling weather patterns, Knoxville should expect warmer temperatures steadily climbing to a high near 84 degrees by Tuesday.

No spotters are required at the moment, as no serious weather threats loom in the days beyond, the calmer weather should be a reprieve after today's gusty scenario—a reminder of the unpredictability of spring weather patterns as Mother Nature shifts gears, this time of year is a swing between serene skies and sudden storms, but rest assured, the odds of needing an umbrella will wane as the week progresses, the wind should drop to about 10 mph on Monday, making way for mostly sunny days ahead.