A front that just wants to hang around

We have a cold front moving through this morning, but it’s not in any hurry to get out of the Volunteer state. It will stall out along our southern border this evening. A disturbance has formed along this front over in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. That disturbance will continue to slide along the front and make its way over here by tonight. It is expected to strengthen and bring showers and storms to our area throughout the night. Some of the storms could become strong, with small hail and gusty winds. Heavy downpours of rain are also likely. The severe t-storm threat should stay very low and mainly over the southern TN counties. So, if you like a rainy night, you’ll love tonight!

Mild temps will stick around through tomorrow, with highs in the mid to upper 60s. It will be humid, too, so it will feel a bit warmer. High temps fall into the lower 50s for Wed-Fri.

On Tuesday, the rain will taper off to isolates showers. The clouds and isolated showers should stick around through Wednesday night. The sun should make a return Thursday evening (hopefully). Clearing skies will lead to a frosty Friday morning, with lows in the low to mid 30s. Another chilly night with lows around freezing are likely Friday night.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Cades Cove. The colors were certainly past peak but is that place ever not beautiful? They closed the park and it was only open to those of us who had registered for the 10-mile loop run. The race sold out within an hour of opening for registration back in August. I actually just missed the 500-person limit and was placed on a waiting list. I was really surprised when, just a few weeks ago, I was notified that I would get to do the run after all! The whole point was to raise money for the preservation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was definitely a unique experience! I was hoping to see some black bears but I think seeing 500 runners coming down the road must have spooked them (ha). I tried to take some pics along the way. I hope you enjoy them! It was definitely a beautiful day for a race!

Incidentally, when I do these races my grandmother always asks if I won. I, of course, never do but she doesn’t get the point. She even asked me that question after running the Rock-N-Roll marathon in Nashville with 30,000+ runners! I heard her whisper to my mom once that she couldn’t figure out how I didn’t get discouraged doing all these races and never winning (lol!). In case you’re wondering, I came in 72nd place in the Cades Cove Loop run. I told my grandma that I might’ve actually won this one if a bear had gotten after me. She just said, “umm”, as if that would have been nice! Crazy grandmas. Gotta love ’em though.

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