Warm weekend to be spoiled by rain with threat of flooding

Hannah Swayze • Feb 10, 2018 at 12:44 AM

Friday saw unusually high temperatures for February, with the Tri-Cities reaching 60 degrees under sunny skies. But don't break out those shorts just yet.

While temperatures over the weekend aren't expected to dip far down, heavy rain is expected from Saturday morning through Sunday night.

"It looks like it's going to be between 2 and 3 inches. Maybe some areas could have little bit higher, as the heavier showers move through," said Jessica Winton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown.

While no extreme flooding is expected, several rivers could fill. 

"Any areas that don't drain very well could see water longer, but otherwise we're not expecting a widespread major flooding threat," said Winton.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in the area that will begin at 7 on Saturday morning and end at 7 Sunday night. Thunderstorms are not expected, but those in the Tri-Cities may hear some distant rumbling. 

Though rain looms on the horizon, Saturday temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s, and Sunday will see a high of 60 degrees, abnormally high for February.

Foggy mornings will be something to look out for, due to the heat and volume of rain. Those will be expected until early next week until Tuesday morning.

Winton also suggested those driving this weekend should be cautious of some possible water accumulation on roads. She said people should keep an eye on weather updates.

A few ways to exercise weather-conscious driving is by making sure car headlights are on, keeping a safe distance behind other vehicles on the road and remaining within the speed limit.

The high temperatures will likely remain through the week. 

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