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Published on May 16, 2024
Knoxville Braces for Weekend Thunderstorms as NWS Predicts Heavy Rain, Winds Up to 60 MPHSource: US National Weather Service - Morristown Tennessee

The weather in Knoxville is about to flip from calm to stormy, with the National Weather Service forecasting a series of thunderstorms rolling through the area starting Friday. Today's mostly sunny skies and a high of 80 will soon be overshadowed by potential thunderstorms late Friday afternoon and into the night. Residents can expect a high near 75 with calm winds turning south around 5 mph and an 80% chance of precipitation, bringing new rainfall that could be higher in the event of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service Knoxville.

As for the evening forecast, locals should watch for patchy fog after 5 am, but conditions will generally stay partly cloudy, with temperatures dropping to around 61 degrees. The tranquil weather might feel misleading, as the calm before the storm will give way to a 90% chance of showers and potentially another round of thunderstorms Friday night, with a low of around 64 degrees.

The weekend won't offer much of a reprieve, with the NWS anticipating a 90% chance of continued showers and possible thunderstorms on Saturday. The storms are likely to persist until around 11 pm, followed by more rain later that evening. Temperatures will hover around the mid-70s during the day and drop to the low 60s at night.

For those hoping for a sunny end to their weekend, the forecast for Sunday shows a little light at the end of that stormy tunnel. There's a 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 2 pm, leading to partly sunny skies and a high near 78 — a subtle hint of resilience in the Tennessee weather patterns. While the coming week shows several days of likely Sun, Wednesday could once again usher in a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 82 degrees.

The Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service Morristown TN underlines the potential severity of the approaching storms, warning of damaging winds up to 60 mph, and a localized flood threat into Saturday. While spotters aren't needed at present, the community is urged to stay vigilant and report any strong or severe storms as they occur.