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Storm front with winds to come in tonight, tomorrow

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March 13, 2019 – Local fire departments are asking area residents to refrain from any outdoor burning as a strong weather front will be moving through the region over the next 24 hours, bringing with it winds in excess of 12 m.p.h.

This big weather maker is being called Winter Storm Ulmer, and while it is expected to hit the central states hard, forecasts are not looking as severe in southeast Tennessee.

Rain is expected to move in before daylight Thursday, turning into thunderstorms by the afternoon. Winds are forecast to be in the 10-12 m.p.h. range with higher gusts in the area of thunderstorms.

Rain should end during the night Thursday and a cloudy Friday morning will clear to sunshine by Friday afternoon.

A pleasant weekend will usher in a week of drying out, with highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's, with a possibility of freezing temperatures Saturday night.

Clouds are expected to reappear briefly Tuesday and Wednesday with a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday night.