Scattered storms possible Thursday – Rain chances increase for the weekend!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 –

It was hot Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures will stay warm into the weekend.

Take a look at this satellite imagery from NOAA tonight.  You can see one area of low pressure across southern Minnesota which has been responsible for producing strong to severe thunderstorms today.

How about some late season snow in the Rocky Mountains?  Yup, some areas of Colorado could see up to a foot of snow!  Check out the low pressure moving towards Denver on this water vapor imagery from NOAA.  The low pressure system is spinning counter-clockwise across Utah.

So what does all this mean for us?  We will start to see an increase in showers and storms starting Thursday into the weekend.  Notice that plume of moisture which extends from south Texas into the Tennessee.

Take a look at the Storm Team 11 Forecast Maps:

Midnight tonight – Fair skies are forecast for the area.

8 AM Thursday – Partly cloudy skies with a chance of scattered showers across the region.  Can’t rule out a thunderstorm.

Noon Thursday – Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible.

5 PM Thursday – Variable cloudy skies with scattered showers and storms possible.

Here is the outlook for severe weather for Friday issued by the Storm Prediction Center.  We have a Marginal Risk for a few strong to severe thunderstorms.  The biggest threat would be for damaging winds and hail.  Stay tuned.

You can see how the moisture will increase across the southeast this weekend.

Look for scattered afternoon and early evening storms across the region Thursday.

A front to our north will keep showers and storms in the forecast on Friday.

We are just looking at scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and night.

Rain chances will increase Sunday into Monday as a cold front moves east.

Here is a the Storm Team 7-Day Forecast

Have a great night!

Mark Reynolds

Chief Meteorologist

News Channel 11

Office:  423-434-4540



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