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MM’s Winter Summary
First of all, I am not expecting any travel issues during the daylight hours of today. That remains unchanged. Use today to prepare for this winter storm that will be moving in tonight and tomorrow. Temps have now climbed into the mid to upper 30s areawide.
I just listened in on a NWS conference call and it was very interesting. Temps are going to flirt with the freezing mark for much of this event. If temps stay at 33 degrees the total will be lower. If they stay at 31 or 32 degrees you will get more. That could even vary from one community to the next, as we often see with winter storms around the plateau.
The 4-6 inches of snow I’ve been forecasting remains on track, with locally higher amounts possible. The lower end amounts may end up being for southern Cumberland County, while the higher amounts fall across northern Fentress. Never the less, widespread 4-6 inch amounts look likely.
Timing is still difficult to pinpoint. It looks like a wintery mix will develop soon after dark this evening. With temps hovering in the 30s, travel will gradually become trickier into the night. Roads may be fine in one community at one point, while roads just a mile away are hazardous. Again, with temps flirting with the freezing mark things could vary wildly from one community to another.
Roads will not be able to recover much (if at all!) on Monday.
Also, please keep my forecast straight from the other 50 you’re looking at. LOL I will no longer address those forecasts. In these winter storms I can barely keep my own forecast straight, much less everyone else’s. haha!
The NWS plans to upgrade the plateau to a winter storm warning by this afternoon. That warning will go into effect tonight and last through Sunday.
MM’s Winter Wx Concerns
Areawide amounts of 4-6 inches look likely, with locally higher amounts possible.
Prepare for major travel impacts Sunday through Monday.
Prepare for power outages and tree damage.
Have an alternative source of heat if you rely on electricity for heat.
Prepare for major travel impacts Sunday through Monday. Refer to TDOT’s SmartWay map for road info.
With this being a heavy, wet snow you should prepare for power outages. If snow is heavier than forecast, those outages could be of a long duration.