My Forecast For Today ( March 31 )
ALERT For Strong SSE to SSW Winds Overnight Into Thursday – Especially At Middle To Upper Elevations
A strong pressure gradient will drive strong winds across the mountains through today. Waves of showers, with lightning-thunder will impact the area into Friday. The strongest wave is currently looking to arrive by late Thursday night into the early overnight hours of Friday, with possible strong to locally severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall ( especially along-west of the Cumberland Mountains & Cumberland Plateau ).
Overnight Into This Morning
Increasing clouds. Windy across mid-upper elevations. SSE-S winds 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts, on middle elevation mountain ridges and plateaus below 2700 feet. Winds S-SW 20-30 mph, with 40+ mph gusts, on mountain ridges above 2700 feet. Temperatures in the 40s to lower-middle 50s ( coolest in valleys with light winds and along highest mountain ridges ).
A chance for showers, with possible thunder and brief downpours. Windy. SSW winds 15-25 mph, with higher gusts, below 2700 feet. SSW-SW winds 20-30 mph, with higher gusts, on mountain ridges above 2700 feet. Temps varying from 50s in upper elevations of the High Knob Massif to 60s in Norton-Wise ( around 70 degrees amid downslope sites of the Russell Fork-Levisa Fork basins ).
Tonight Into Friday Morning
Showers & thunderstorms becoming likely. Some storms could be strong to locally severe. Local downpours. Windy. SSW to SW winds 10-25 mph, with higher gusts. Temps widespread in the 50s to around 60 degrees.
Showers, with possible thunder, will remain likely Friday ahead and along a strong cold front. Much colder air will pour into the mountains overnight Friday into Saturday morning with temps dropping into the 30s to lower 40s on WNW-NW winds along and north of the High Knob Massif-Tennessee Valley Divide.