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A bit wet today. More rain for Thursday. Even more rain later into the weekend.

It's a cloudy, damp, and dreary day across the Tennessee Valley on this Wednesday. We have a weak disturbance bringing showers to the area. Temperatures range from the mid 50s to lower 60s, with rain-cooled mid to upper 40s back into north Mississippi and west Tennessee.

The rain will start to shift eastward with time, but a few spotty showers will likely continue into the early evening. Temperatures today are near the highs that we will reach for the afternoon.

Showers will temporarily shift out of the area as we head into the mid to late evening, but rain will move back into the area before daybreak. Overnight lows will range from the upper 40s to the lower 50s. Periods of rain, some locally heavy at times, will continue into the morning to early afternoon. A few rumbles of thunder are possible, but the heavier storms should stay mainly south of our area. Daytime highs will likely reach the mid 50s. There may be a break in the steadier rain by late afternoon into the early evening, but more rain and thunder will shift back into the area Thursday overnight before moving out during the early to mid morning hours of Friday. From now through Friday, an additional inch to inch and a half or rain is likely, but there may be some localized heavier totals, especially near and south of the Tennessee River.

Rain clears out during the morning hours of Friday as the frontal boundary shifts southward. We may see a touch of sun by the afternoon, but clouds will hang tough. We expect partly cloudy skies as we head into Saturday, but rain returns back to the region Saturday night into Sunday as the next disturbance moves through.

After the Sunday system moves out, we look to make a shift toward cooler weather early next week that carries us on into much of next week. The 6-10 day temperature outlook from the NWS Climate Prediction Center has us in below average temperatures all the way into next weekend. It is looking increasingly likely there will be a frost or light freeze by the overnight periods of next week. If you have already done some spring planting, you will need to be able to take steps to protect that vegetation. It typically isn't safe to do spring planting in the Tennessee Valley until Tax Day in mid April, as we can often see frost in our area into the second week of April.

Also coming up this weekend is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. We spring forward an hour at 2:00 AM local time early on Sunday morning. That means you're going to need to set your clocks forward one hour before heading to bed overnight for the devices and other things that won't automatically change themselves. This is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and NOAA weather radios!

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