BY O.J. EARLY
A heavy coat may be necessary for your morning commute. At least for the next few days.
Winter-like temperatures will invade East Tennessee today through Saturday, with overnight lows at or below freezing for the next three days.
Incoming cold temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning for the area from 2 to 8 a.m. Thursday.
"We are going to have temperatures near freezing later tonight and through Thursday morning," said David Gaffin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Morristown.
Local residents should expect temperatures at or below 32 every morning through Saturday, Gaffin said.
"Saturday morning looks to be the coldest morning, with lows in the 20s," Gaffin said. "We'll definitely have a hard freeze by Saturday."
Cold weather isn't here to stay, though, Gaffin said.
Temperatures will return to the upper-50s by Saturday afternoon, the weather service forecasts.
"We are expecting a warming trend early next week," he said. "By the middle of next week, we may be talking about some thunderstorms."
Today's temperature high is 49, with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs Thursday and Friday will hover around 50, with a slight chance of rain both days.