Flooding Is A Concern Next Week
The latest radar scan shows a more impressive swath of snow than what is actually going on. A few light flurries are continuing to fall but no accumulation is expected here in the valley. Temperatures are beginning to climb (with day time heating) so snow will transition to rain.
This system will continue to work through today before sunnier skies and warmer temperatures find their way back this weekend. Unfortunately, changes arrive by Monday as heavy showers work through much of early next week.
Model guidance shows snow to rain this afternoon then a flip back to snow showers overnight. Early reports show upwards of an inch in the Plateau this morning but I anticipate much of this to melt this afternoon. As we work overnight, another round of snow is possible providing an addition half inch to the Plateau and 1-3" for the Smokies. We could see a dusting on grassy and elevated surfaces, otherwise no accumulation is expected in the valley. The BIG story comes early next week with rainfall expected Monday through early Thursday.
Looking at early totals, east Tennessee can expect between 3" and 5" of rainfall for the first half of next week. As we have seen in January & February, flooding can quickly become a concern so stay up to date for the latest. As of now showers will arrive Monday with heavier showers and storms into Tuesday and Wednesday. We look to finally clear back out by Thursday afternoon, but as I said, flooding is definitely something on our radar.
That wraps it up for today! Let us know what's going on in your area by sending us an email, message, or tagging us on social media. A beautiful weekend is ahead so be sure to enjoy that before lots of rainfall returns early next week.
I have had the painful experience of getting flooded, and it is nice. Until this day, the memory still haunts me. I hope that we can avoid it at all costs, it is what I want people to realize, because it really is what it is. I am hoping that we can make something happen to prevent all of this. I really wish that everyone can work together to make this disaster a prevented one, I wish for our cooperation.
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