Winter Weather Update (Issued Wed 9:00 pm)

Headlines

*The plateau avoids an ice storm for this round

*The minor icing for northern Overton and northern Fentress Counties for tonight is now looking unlikely (no advisories are in place)

*Minor icing possible Thursday night across the plateau, though that looks insignificant. The best chance for this ice would be for northern Overton and northern Fentress Counties, with some impacts to travel possible but not to trees and powerlines.

*Minor icing possible for all the plateau Friday night/Saturday morning (monitoring closely). Impacts to travel are likely. Impacts to trees and powerlines looks to be unlikely at this time.

*Watching early next week for a possible significant winter storm that could adversely impact the region.

Summary

The well-advertises ice storm is underway for portions of West TN and and western KY. That will stay there overnight and tomorrow. If you have travel plans that take you to Nashville or into Kentucky tomorrow, you’ll need to check that forecast very closely.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with showers developing. No advisories are in place for any of our area.

Thursday: Cooler, with rain likely. Plain rain for all.

Thursday Night: Temps drop as the rain moves out. Some of you may see a brief wintry mix, though that is looking unlikely for those of us in Cumberland County.

Friday: Cloudy and cold.

Friday night: A light wintry mix is possible. Be aware of this if you plan to travel. Primary impacts would be to roadways.

Saturday: A wintry mix, possibly changing to rain during the afternoon. I’m watching this closely.

Winter Storm Potential

While much could change with the forecast before Monday, guidance continues to show a big area of low pressure coming up from the Gulf. This moisture will interact with arctic air in place in our region and could spell some significant wintry troubles, the worst of which could be accumulating ice. This forecast is quite uncertain, in terms of precip type and amount, so please stay tuned.

Think about what you need to do to prepare for a significant winter storm, just in case that’s the hand we’re dealt. Get the pets stocked up on food, make sure you don’t have any medications that may need to be filled early next week, etc. Just look ahead to what you had planned to do Monday – Wednesday and know that those plans may need to be altered.

Interesting note….temps on the plateau are in the 50s at this hour, while Nashville is 42 degrees. Just to the west of Nashville, temps are in the lower 30s. A wild night to be driving down I-40 from here to Memphis!

Oh yeah, for those of you who requested an app…..an app is on the way! I’m working very hard on that Meteorologist Mark app and hope to have that to release by March, just in time for the spring storms. Stay tuned!

Look for a full blog update in the morning.

You all take care.

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