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Reduction in Shower Coverage this Weekend, Though Not Dry

Published: 8.11.17 8:54am

Good Morning Folks! Areas northeast of Macon County picked up a tenth to a quarter inch of rain yesterday, while those southwest picked up a half inch up to an inch, with the highest total just over an inch along Hwy 74 south of Murphy. We’ll pick up another half inch up to an inch over the next 24 hours across the region, with the focus once again being the SW sections of the area. Saturday provides a slight reduction in coverage and shower intensities with coverage picking back up late Sunday afternoon. Monday into Tuesday should be close to a washout with 1 – 2” likely by the time Wednesday morning rolls around, followed by a possible infusion of dry air by the middle of next week, but not enough to produce sunny skies as isolated shower chances linger (it is the middle of August, so this is to be expected). Temps all the while push into the upper 60’s – low 80’s today but reach the low 70’s – mid 80’s Saturday and Sunday, cooling back down to the upper 60’s – upper 70’s Monday and Tuesday. We still don’t have a handle on the forecast for the Eclipse and we caution folks to not cancel or make plans around the forecast till we are within 7 – 8 days, with a fine tuned forecast likely within 4 – 6 days. 

Cloudy skies will hang overhead today and temps will hold to the upper 60’s – low 80’s this afternoon as scattered showers develop in the overall flow. Most of the region will pick up at least a quarter inch of rain but for points south and west of Macon County, totals could go as high as one inch. Showers continue into the evening hours but slowly die down as the night moves along, with temps dipping into the low – mid 60’s. 

Saturday and Sunday remain muggy but Saturday should be an ok day to get outside and work on the yard but perhaps not a camping adventure (unless you’re prepared for rain) as isolated showers develop past midday. Sunday on the other hand will bring scattered showers back into the region later in the day and temps both days will hit the low 70’s – mid 80’s depending upon elevation. Rainfall totals should be under a half inch for both days, but there is always the chance that a heavy downpour develops and skyrockets totals for a few isolated locations. Overnight lows both nights dip into the low – mid 60’s depending upon elevation. 

Monday and Tuesday will be soggy and perhaps a washout as disturbances ride along the stalled front Monday, with another front moving in Tuesday. These two features will keep scattered to widespread showers across the region, with thunderstorms possible Tuesday. An inch or two is likely by the end of the two day period and temps will be held to the upper 60’s – upper 70’s depending upon elevation. 

Overall, somewhat soggy today, a slight break in the action tomorrow and then late day showers Sunday, with more rain Monday and Tuesday. ENJOY! 

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