Mountain Area Forecast ( August 20-22 )
Showers & Tropical Downpours In Thunderstorms Will Remain Possible Into Sunday. Much Drier Air & Cooler Temperatures Are Expected Late Sunday Into Monday.
Remain Alert For The Potential Of Strong Rises On Creeks and Ponding Of Water Along Roads And In Typical Low-lying Flood Prone Locations
A significant cold front will be crossing the mountains by late Sunday with showers & downpours in storms possible along and ahead of the front. Much drier, cooler and refreshing air will be transported into the area Sunday Night into Monday.
Overnight Into Saturday Morning
Chance of a local shower; otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy with areas of fog. Humid. Light winds. Temps in the 60s.
A chance for showers & thunderstorms. Winds SSW-SW 5-15 mph, with higher gusts. Temperatures varying from 60s at highest elevations to the middle 70s to lower 80s.
Saturday Night Into Mid-Morning Sunday
Showers & thunderstorms developing. Locally heavy rain. SW winds 5-15 mph, with higher gusts, on mountain ridges and plateaus below 2700 feet. Winds SW-W at 10-20 mph, with higher gusts, along upper elevation mountain ridges. Temperatures in the 60s.
Showers & thunderstorms into mid-late PM ( especially along and south of the High Knob Massif ). Locally heavy rainfall. Refreshing air arriving late. Winds becoming WNW to NW 5-15 mph, with higher gusts. Temps varying from 60s in upper elevations to the mid-upper 70s.
Sunday Night Into Monday
Mostly clear. Cooler & refreshing. Areas of dense valley fog. Winds WNW-NNW 5-15 mph, with higher gusts, along mid-upper elevation mountain ridges. Temperatures in the 50s to near 60 degrees ( 50-55 degrees in cooler locations ).
Partly sunny. Beautiful skies & pleasant. Winds NW-N at generally less than 10 mph. Temperatures varying from 60s in upper elevations to the mid-upper 70s.
Cooler mountain valleys, mainly at mid-upper elevations, will drop into the 40s during Monday Night into Tuesday AM ( with somewhat milder low-mid 50s in foggy valleys ).
Weather Discussion ( Refreshing Air )
An update near Midnight on Saturday is for a slowing of the cold frontal passage Sunday, with new model runs being a few hours slower to clear the area than yesterday.
Models have also increased rainfall amounts, such that at least localized high water problems could arise.
The NAM 12 KM Model has the drier air still just northwest of the Virginia-Kentucky border at 5:00 PM Sunday ( above in brown-blue colors ), with timing being near sunset before it really enters the Cumberland Mountains ( below ).
While this could again made it rough on NASCAR fans, it also means that downpours with a heavy rain potential will linger until deep moisture moves southeast.
Given downpours of rain Saturday the potential for strong rises on creeks will need to be monitored, especially if rain becomes heavy and/or prolonged in nature Sunday. Remain alert for ponding of water along roadways and in typical low-lying, flood prone locations.
The European Model, which did very well with placement of heavier rainfall Saturday, is forecasting the heaviest rains to develop Sunday along the front. The latest NAM group have trended that way, so please remain alert as at least local high water problems could arise.