Mid-State Independence Day Celebrations May be a Washout

Jul 3, 2013

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It may turn out to be a water-soaked Fourth of July. The National Weather Service says Middle and Eastern Tennessee could see significant rain through early next week.

Nashville based Weather Service meteorologist Larry Vannozzi says we could see anything from one to four inches of rain over the next few days. Some local flooding is possible.

Vannozzi says Tennessee is trapped between a strong low pressure system to the west and a high pressure system to the east. The flow between the two will pull a lot of gulf moisture into Tennessee.

He says there’s some chance of rain today and tonight, but the best chance for heavy downpours is tomorrow and tomorrow evening.

Vannozzi says Independence Day celebrations may be a bust.

“Fireworks for Thursday afternoon or Thursday evening are not lookin’ too good, especially for areas from Nashville eastward. It looks like widespread rains. It’s probably gonna’ be pretty difficult to launch tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night.”

The Associated Press reports some communities in East Tennessee have already postponed their fireworks shows.

Meteorologist Vannozzi says the weather pattern pulling moisture up from the gulf will likely to remain in place for a while. We could see a string of strong storms and heavy downpours through the weekend and into the first part of next week.