Cold Nights, Windy Afternoons
Hurricane Sandy is currently in the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina as a category 1 storm. This system will soon be making a left turn toward the United States mainland with a target landfall somewhere near the Delmarva Peninsula late Monday night or Tuesday morning. It is already interacting with the cold-frontal system that moved through our area Friday night and will likely strengthen as the two systems merge into one. In the meantime, our winds will remain high out of the northwest, keeping a cooler and drier airmass in place.
Overnight lows for the next couple of nights will be the lowest of the season. We’re forecasting temperatures in the mid to lower 30′s, but some areas may dip below freezing for a brief time.
As Sandy makes landfall over the next 48 hours, our winds be increasing to over 30mph with gusts as high as 40mph possible in the higher terrain of the Eastern Tennessee Valley. A wind advisory has been issued for several counties for both Monday and Tuesday during the daylight hours.