by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

Rain is on the way to Tennessee once again. Chances will be increasing by Friday night and rain and a few thundershowers will become likely Saturday and Saturday night, but it will be warmer Saturday with highs in the low 60s. Much colder air arrives Sunday night and a few snow showers are possible over Northern Middle Tennessee and the plateau.

Most of next week is looking pretty good but I think our rain chances will begin to pick up quite a bit from December 6th to the 10th with showers everyday.

The National Weather Service recently concluded a survey covering a 20-year period on the greatest cause of weather-related fatalities for each state across the country and the findings were rather interesting. In Middle and East Tennessee, most weather fatalities are due to tornadoes   with the worst months being April and May and also a second season sometimes in November. In West Tennessee and North Mississippi, the greatest threat comes from extreme heat during the summer with temperatures often hitting 100 degrees and heat indexes much higher.

Steve Norris got his first job at 18 years old doing radio weather. Steve does forecasts for several radio stations and newspapers, and he serves as a severe weather meteorologist for some city governments in the Middle Tennessee area. Steve first became interested in weather when his grandfather bought him a thermometer when he was 10 years old. He has been loving weather for over 40 years.

If you need weather data or have any weather-related questions or comments, you can reach Steve Norris anytime at weather1@charter.net.