LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT - Strong to severe storms on Wednesday will likely start and end between 10 AM and 8 PM. For Anderson, Knox and Blount County, for example...between 1 PM to 4 PM. Damaging straight-line winds and large hail will be possible, and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
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Gusts could easily increase to 30 to 45 miles per hour, with a Wind Advisory in place from 7 a.m. to Midnight, and it runs until 7 a.m. Thursday for the Smokies. The storms will bring in stronger gusts. Temperatures will climb into the low 70s, but that's just ahead of the storms and will feed into the strength.
A cold front moves in behind the storms, so we'll clear out and calm down Wednesday late evening and cool down overnight to a low of 35 degrees.
Chilly sunshine for Thursday, with a high of 54 degrees and only in the upper 40s for a high Friday. Both Thursday night and Friday night will be at and below freezing, so you may want to protect some plants.
Have a great day and stay informed to stay safe!
Meteorologist Heather Haley