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Dogwood Winter is here... But the bite won't be too bad

Below-average temperatures are expected to last through the weekend.

Don't put away the jackets just yet, cool temperatures are back in the forecast.

Our average high this time of year is 71 degrees but for the next few days, we will only be topping out in the 60s.... About 5-10 degrees below average.

Lows are expected to be in the lower to middle 40s, also about 5-8 degrees below average.

So is this cool enough to be considered one of East Tennessee's "little winters"?

According to plant expert Neal Denton, the answer is yes.

We had Redbud Winter back at the beginning of April so this cool spell will be called Dogwood Winter since the Dogwood trees are currently in bloom.

Credit: Kevin Bridge

Dogwood Winter typically occurs in mid-to-late April and can vary in intensity from year to year.

It looks like this year's 2nd "little winter" won't have much bite to it... But it still may not be our last cool spell before we get to summer.

Credit: Kevin Bridge

Each year is a little different so keep an eye on the forecast in case winter decides to make another visit to East Tennessee before we finally settle into the warmer months.