Chris Bailey's Forecast | Winter looking pattern ahead

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We have a very active and cold pattern taking shape for the next week or so.

Rain chances ramp up tonight and early Friday as low pressure works across the Tennessee Valley and into the Appalachian Mountains. Winds will be gusty and the rain will be cold with snow to our north and northwest.

After skies briefly dry during the afternoon hours on Friday, a weak disturbance dives in Friday evening and night and may produce a few snowflakes. Temps drop into the 20s with gusty winds making it feel even colder. Check out the wind chill numbers by Saturday morning.

Highs on Saturday stay in the 30s for many areas, but wind chills stay in the 20s.

Sunday is a seasonally cold day, but the focus quickly shifts to a winter storm system developing across the eastern half of the country early next week. This system forms in the deep south and rolls up the eastern slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.

This system has the chance to bring an early season snow to our region. Chance being the key word from 4-5 days out.