A couple of overnight rains ahead

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Main Threats

Today: breezy winds that could cause loose branches to fall. Be safe if you’re out in the woods hunting or hiking.

Summary

We should get in a decent day today, with most of it being dry and breezy. Tonight, rain moves in with our next storm system. We could see some heavy downpours and I wouldn’t be surprised if we even hear a rumble of thunder. However, this system is progressing along quickly enough that there shouldn’t be any flooding issues, and there’s certainly no threat of severe weather. 

This system clears out Saturday, though there may still be plenty of showers around in the morning hours. The second half of the day is looking much better than the first half! 

Then, another storm system begins to shape across the Southern Plains. Like today, most of Sunday should be dry (maybe a bit breezy?) but rain will move in during the overnight hours. The biggest difference between tonight’s system and Sunday night’s system is that the Sunday system has a big punch of cold air behind it. That cold air could squeeze out some flurries Monday morning but I don’t expect any accumulation. That cold air will be with us right on through next week. There is a disturbance that could affect us the middle of the week but it’s not clear on if there will be any precip with it. If so, it should be very light precip. 

Our next big storm system looks to arrive the end of next week. 

Records

We’re expecting a lot of high wind across the Smoky Mountains today, especially at the highest elevations. That was the case four years ago, as well. On this day in 2014 winds gusted to nearly 70 mph across the higher elevations. 

Speaking of wind…

On this day in 2004, an outbreak of 54 tornadoes struck Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama. The storms left behind a trail of destruction and one fatality. 

And now for my favorite subject this time of year…..SNOW!

On this day in 1943 an incredible snow event hit northern New Hampshire with feet of snow! Now, keep in mind they are used to seeing some snow this time of year but this storm was historic. Berlin, New Hampshire recorded 55 inches of snow! Randolph recorded an inch more than that! Both of these snowfall totals set new 24-hour snowfall records for the state. In Maine, Middle Dam recorded 35 inches of snow in 24 hours, setting a new record for that state. 

In 1989 Thanksgiving was on the 23rd. That coincided with a powerful Nor’easter that was taking shape along the East Coast. The storm would drop up to nine inches of snow on parts of Long Island. The city of New York recorded 4.7 inches, setting a record for Thanksgiving snow. Over a foot of snow fell across Massachusetts. 

Almanac

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Daylight length: 10 hr 3 min

Sunrise: 6:26 a.m. 

Sunset: 4:30 p.m.

This time last year

This time last  year we had a high temperature of 54 degrees, after a cold morning low of 25. There was no precipitation recorded. The strongest wind gust was 10 mph. 

News

If you or someone you know has travel plans to the Smokies today, be advised that high wind watches and warnings are in effect for today. Winds could gust to 60 mph in some of the higher elevations. 

While Thanksgiving travel weather was great the first half of this week, folks may have troubles making the trek back home. Our rain system tonight will be a snow system across the Plains and Midwest. Winter storm watches are in effect across Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and northern Missouri.

Meanwhile, our rain tonight is expected to overrun sub-freezing air on the other side of the Appalachians tonight. Winter weather advisories stretch from western North Carolina to Virginia. That means I-40 across the mountains will be affected. 

My Hot to Trot run at Turkey Creek Thanksgiving morning went very well! I definitely hope to continue this as a new Thanksgiving tradition. I averaged 8.5 mins a mile, to finish the 6.2 mile trek in 51 mins. I ran a similar 10K last year and my time this year is a minute faster! Now, onto the Hungry Turkey Half in Chattanooga in the morning! Wish me luck! I just hope the darn rain clears out….

You all have a great day! 

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