Sunny skies in forecast for Easter Sunday

Published 11:08 am Friday, April 3, 2015

While last weekend brought snowfall to parts of Carter County, weather forecasters say this weekend will be full of clear skies and sunshine for the Easter holiday.

A weather system moved into the region Thursday evening, bringing with it moisture and the potential for rainfall and storms. That system has the potential to make most of Friday rainy, National Weather Service Forecaster Jessica Winton said.

“We are expecting some severe storms with this system, mostly the possibility of straight-line damaging winds,” she said.

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The chance for storms will increase as the day goes on and temperatures fall on Friday according to the forecast. Friday will see a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms but by Friday night that chance climbs to 80 percent.

Winds on Friday are expected to come from the southwest and measure between 10 and 20 miles per hour, with gusts getting as high as 30 m.p.h., the NWS forecast said.

But, the weather will begin to improve on Saturday, Winton said.

“By mid-morning on Saturday the clouds will clear out,” she said. “The rest of the Saturday should be good and Sunday should be good too.”

The chance for rain on Saturday is about 30 percent, mostly before 8 a.m., the forecast from the NWS said.

Saturday’s high should come in around 50 with the overnight dropping to about 32, Winton said. “It’s going to be cold but dry overnight into early Saturday morning,” she said. “On Sunday, the high temperature will be about 60.”

The weather on Saturday and especially on Sunday will be good for outdoor family, including the traditional Easter Egg hunts, Winton said.

However, on Sunday night the weather will change again.

“Clouds will start to roll back in on Sunday around the time the sun goes down,” Winton said.

On Sunday night the NWS forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain showers with the overnight low dropping to about 41.

The clear skies and sunshine on Saturday and Sunday should be enjoyed while they last; the NWS forecast calls for at a least a 40 percent chance of rainfall and thunderstorms beginning on Sunday night and lasting through Thursday, which is the end of the forecast period.