Warm weather, 'spring' showers on tap for Chattanooga through weekend

Warm weather, 'spring' showers on tap for Chattanooga through weekend

The Scenic City could see record-setting temperatures in the upper 70s Tuesday, Wednesday

February 19th, 2018 by Ben Benton in Breaking News

Vicki Fredericksen, director of the rental program with Rock Creek, and Brian Campbell, floor staff, ride bikes Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 along the Chattanooga Riverwalk in Chattanooga, Tenn. The two were out testing rental equipment from the Hubert Fry Center, making sure new staff members are familiar with the Riverwalk and preparing for the upcoming rental season.

Photo by Erin O. Smith

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Five-day forecast

High: 78
Low: 56
20 percent chance of isolated showers

High: 77
Low: 60
80 percent chance of showers

High: 74
Low: 63
60 percent chance of scattered showers

High: 76
Low: 60
20 percent chance of isolated showers

High: 73
Low: 60
70 percent chance of scattered showers

High: 69
Low: 60
70 percent chance of some morning rain, then clearing

Source: WRCB

It's still February, but Mother Nature's bound and determined to toss a little spring across the tri-state region for the next few days.

No temperature records were broken Monday with a few showers and a high in the upper 60s and lower 70s, but new record highs could be set Tuesday and Wednesday with the mercury edging into the upper 70s, WRCB meteorologist David Karnes said Monday.

"The average high is 56 degrees, and that is where we'll start the day," Karnes said of Tuesday. "And it's going to keep warming up. The record is 78 degrees [in 1986] and I'm forecasting a record high."

Temperatures could reach a new record high of around 77 on Wednesday, too. The record for Wednesday is 74, set in 1922, Karnes said.

Rain through the end of the week could total around an inch, gaining ground on dry conditions that left the area a little short on yearly rainfall — 1.39 inches — as of Sunday, he said.

Rainfall amounts probably won't cause any flooding "but I wouldn't rule it out," Karnes said. He said the area is about 2.35 inches above average for the month, somewhat relieving ongoing dry conditions.

"February has been a ridiculously rainy month," Karnes said.

Although total rainfall is nearing average amounts for this time of the year, "we can certainly use some rain," he said.

The best chance of rain during the week is later on Wednesday and into Thursday morning, Karnes said.

"Then we'll probably get more rain over the weekend — right now, the best chance for rain is Saturday," he said. Temperatures this weekend likely will start cooling down, he said.

Skies will be cloudy most of the time through the week, Karnes said.

"I would say the next time you get sunshine may be on Friday," he said. "Sunday it should clear out in the afternoon."

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569. Follow him on Twitter @BenBenton or at www.facebook.com/benbenton1.

This story was updated Feb. 18, 2019, at 11:23 p.m. with more information.