Winter chill today. Moderating temps ahead. Rain ahead too.
Skies are partly cloudy to mostly clear across the Tennessee Valley at midday, but don't let that fool you. It is still downright cold outside! Temperatures are still in the mid to upper 20s across most areas with wind chill values still in the lower 20s. When the wind occasionally gusts up, those wind chills drop into the upper teens!
Areas near and south of the Tennessee River may slide up to near the freezing mark this afternoon, but the vast majority of us are not only stay below freezing, but below 30 degrees as well. It's not quite as cold in middle Tennessee this afternoon as what Futurecast is suggesting, but it's not too far off, especially where there is still snow on the ground up along and north of the Highway 412 corridor. Skies stay clear, and we go back into the freezer tonight with overnight lows again bottoming out into the mid and upper teens. We make a nice recovery on Saturday, however, with highs in the mid/upper 40s for much of the area, and maybe the lower 50s in portions of north Alabama/Mississippi and west Tennessee!
That's because high pressure is shifting off to the east on Saturday, and winds are becoming more southeasterly. However, that also brings more moisture northward and opens the door for the next weather system too approach. Showers and maybe a few rumbles of thunder look a good bet from late Saturday night into much of Sunday. Some of the rainfall could be heavy at times, and it will be all rain with much warmer temperatures in place.
After that moves through by Sunday evening, we are back to cooler weather for the first part of next week with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. Then, we begin moderating back toward the 50s again with more showers possible by next Thursday and Friday.