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Published on May 18, 2024
NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook for Southwest NC, East TN, and Southwest VASource: Unsplash/ Erik Witsoee

The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of Southwest North Carolina, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia. According to the forecast, the region is set to experience scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms today, with the chance of some developing into strong or severe weather events, featuring damaging winds, hail, and potential torrential downpours.

For today and tonight, the NWS indicated an 80% chance of precipitation, with new rainfall amounts varying between a tenth and quarter of an inch—higher amounts possible during thunderstorms. As the calm before the proverbial storm, patchy fog is forecast to precede the showers before giving way to a thunderstorm after 5 p.m. with a high reaching near 78 degrees. Winds are expected to be fairly mild, increasing to around 5 mph from the southwest later in the day.

In terms of the evening's outlook, shower and thunderstorm likelihood persists, primarily before 8 p.m., accompanied once more by patchy fog after 2 a.m. These conditions carry a 60% chance of precipitation with similar expected new rainfall amounts to those during the day. The overnight low is predicted to hover around 62 degrees, providing a brief respite from the day's tumultuous weather patterns.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, Sunday shows a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m., the probability stands at a low 20%. As the week progresses, conditions seem to stabilize with mostly sunny days ahead, although the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms returns from midweek onward. Low risks of hazardous weather persist with temperatures gradually rising, hitting highs in the mid-80s.

Residents are advised to stay informed of the latest weather developments as the situation unfolds. The NWS alert ensures that spotter activation will not be necessary at this time. For continual updates, the public can visit the NWS website or local news outlets covering the evolving weather patterns across the affected regions.