I'm wishing everyone a warm Tuesday as current temperatures (as of noon) are in the upper 20's across the valley and teens for the plateau. Unfortunately, things won't warm much over the next few hours with high's hovering under freezing (32) for the day.
Looking at the latest radar scan, snow shower & flurries continue for parts of Morristown, Jefferson City, and northeast Tennessee. These will carry on through the early afternoon before drier air finds us this evening. Overnight, broken cloud cover and cold air will lead to low's in the teens and 20's. We warm up a bit tomorrow in the low 40's before another blast of cold air, wintry precipitation, and messy conditions find us Wednesday night through Friday morning.
As another powerful winter storm barrels closer, rain to freezing rain will start out Wednesday night. Low temperatures into Thursday morning will hover right at to just above freezing. Given the warm up expected tomorrow, this should help keep pavement temps above freezing, and therefore, rain will be the dominate faller into Thursday (for the valley) Nonetheless, I do anticipate freezing rain to build up for those in the higher elevations, specially the plateau. As temperatures warm into the upper 30's and 40's Thursday afternoon, rain will fall before a transition back to frozen matter Thursday night. The two time periods of most concern are Thursday morning and Friday morning for freezing rain and slick spots. Snow, for the valley, looks to be out of the question for most of this event. A few flurries to a light dusting is possible Friday morning, but the main concern will be iced roads and slick spots. We'll have more details on exact timing, impacts, and precipitation tomorrow.
Do your best to stay warm today and tonight. This is a reminder to bring in any outdoor pets you may have as well. We will have more details tomorrow, but buckle up for another wintry mess across East Tennessee. Don't forget to check out our daily video forecast below as well.
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