published Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Rain expected today and Thursday in Chattanooga area

Today will bring the first rainfall Chattanooga has seen in what has so far been the driest month of the year.

Today’s forecast calls for a cloudy day with showers for most of the region, WRCB-TV meteorologist Nick Austin said Tuesday.

The majority of the showers will start this afternoon, Austin said. They could fall steadily into the night and continue into Thursday, he said.

It’s not projected to be a heavy dousing, said Austin, who said he doubts the area will see anything topping an inch. But it will usher in cooler temperatures for the rest of the week.

“There is a cold front moving through Wednesday night,” said David Hotz, meteorologist with National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn.

Highs will barely reach the 70s, and the lows will dip into the 40s through the weekend, Hotz said.

October is usually dry, but this month has been worse than average. Chattanooga typically receives an inch and a half by this time in the month. This month, it has received just 0.08 of an inch.

Today’s rain could be just a short break from that trend. Though the National Weather Service says there is a chance showers for this weekend, Austin said forecasts don’t show any chance of rain anytime next week.

As the week wears on, temperatures will grow cooler, with lows in the 40s, but it is still too early for frost, Hotz said.

The weekend will also have some cloud cover with a chance of rain, Hotz said.

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