Rainy & cooler on Thursday, snow possible by Saturday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Thursday's high temperature of 61 degrees may be the warmest we feel for a good while.

Volunteer TV Pinpoint 8 Meteorologist Scott Blalock says we'll reach our high temperature for the day tomorrow at noon, and by 5 p.m., as the sun sets we'll feel a lot cooler as some chillier air comes into East Tennessee.

Rain showers will begin across East Tennessee Wednesday night, but Thursday morning they will strengthen in intensity, and we could see some good downpours.

Friday should be a good day, with some brilliant sunshine, albeit a lot cooler than we were Monday through Wednesday.

Highs Friday should be in the mid 50's.

Saturday might be a good day for Christmas shopping, it's going to be chilly, with temperatures in the upper 40's, and we could see rain for much of the day.

Saturday night, as the mercury drops and the rain continues, it may mix with some snow into Sunday morning.

Blalock says he does not expect to see any accumulations in the valley.

The same goes for some of the mountain cities like Gatlinburg.

Upper levels of those cities, place like Ober Gatlinburg, could see as much as an inch by late Sunday morning.

And elevations above 3000 feet could see two to three inches of accumulation.

Rain and snow showers are expected to end by noon on Sunday, but temperatures will be brisk and blustery, struggling to get out of the 30's.

A chilly overnight low of 24 Sunday night could allow some still wet portions of back roads to ice over, and black ice may be a concern even on some main roads.

That could force the first of the school closings or delays, not due to the heat or plumping problems, this year.

Stay connected to Volunteer TV News Snow Go online at volunteertv.com, and on air Sunday night and Monday morning on East Tennessee this morning.

If we have any school closings, we'll pass them along in real-time.

We'll see a little warm up next week, into the 50's by mid-week.

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