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East Tennessee snowstorm: Brunt of the snowstorm over, could have more on the way

2:57 PM, Jan 10, 2011   |    comments
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Snow in Sevierville

We've already seen the brunt of the storm which brought many of us anywhere from 2"-6"+ for the viewing area. Travel was not advised this morning, but traveling conditions improved through the day. Highs will stay in the low 30s with maybe a splash of sunshine from time to time. More moisture is expected to move in late Monday afternoon, which may bring us a wintry mix, or a very wet snow.

Another system will be swinging in to our north early Tuesday. That is expected to bring us a wintry mix by sunrise. Lows will dip to the upper 20s.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, more snow showers are likely with light accumulations expected. An additional 1" - 2" is possible. Highs will stay cold in the lower to middle 30s, with overnight lows in the lower to middle 20s.

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A steady snow started falling over most of East Tennessee overnight, and quickly started coating the roads.  It was falling at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour around 3 am.  The temperature was 23 degrees.

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The weather system that's expected to impact much of the south sped up just a bit, and started impacting the area earlier than first thought.

As of 3 am, snow totals were already rising:

  • Chattanooga- 5 inches
  • Huntsville, AL- 7 inches
  • Atlanta- 5 inches
  • Madisonville- 4 1/2 inches
  • Rockford- 1 1/2 inches
  • Farragut- 1 inch

 

The snow is expected to continue falling throughout the morning, and despite the hard work of road crews across the area, driving could be treacherous.

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The biggest impact will be in the southern valley, with Chattanooga expecting up to a foot of snow.  On Monday, 10News Chief Meteorologist Todd Howell expects:

  • Southern valley: 6-8 inches
  • Central valley, including Knoxville: 3-5 inches
  • Plateau: 3-6 inches
  • Mountains: 6-10 inches.

This could be one of the biggest snowfalls in the Knoxville area in a decade.

There's a chance for some light icing later Monday.

Stay with 10News and WBIR.com for the very latest on the forecast throughout the day.

 

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Sunday evening several dispatchers reported icy back roads in their area.

Snow will begin in the central valley between 2 and 3 a.m. Monday and will spread north throughout the morning.

Snow and winter weather will hit most of the WBIR viewing area by 5 to 7 a.m. on Monday.

Moderate to heavy amounts of snow are possible this morning, especially across the southern half of East Tennessee, just south of Knoxville.  But even in the Central Valley some heavy amounts are possible.

The first to see snow will be the Southern Valley. It's this area that will see the most snowfall where 4"-8" is possible today.

The snow will spread north across the central and northern valley between 5-8am Monday morning.

Less snow is expected here. Central Valley including the Knoxville area is looking to pick up 2"-4", with local 3" - 5" possible.

The Northern Valley will see less amounts because farther away from the moisture source so anywhere between 1"-3" is possible.

The Plateau is looking at 2"-5" where more is possible in Cumberland County.

Warm air will then push in to the upper levels of the atmosphere bringing a wintry mix to Knoxville and parts of East Tennessee by the afternoon & evening on Monday.

This will bring sleet, freezing rain and possibly even rain to our area as we go in to Monday night.

All the moisture has the potential to freeze again overnight making for slippery travel conditions Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, however, will bring more snow showers to the region with light accumulations still possible into Wednesday morning.

Snowfall Accumulations Monday:

Southern Valley: 4"-8"
Central Valley & Plateau: 2"-4"
Northern Valley & NE TN: 1"-3"

Mountains: 5" - 9"

Snowfall totals could be skewed by the rain and slush later on Monday.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency issued a level 3 State of Emergency on Sunday evening. Officials with TEMA told 10News, this is a standard procedure and they issue level 3's for most every storm which comes through the area.

TEMA's website states, "This level describes an event or period when a serious emergency has occurred or the situation is deteriorating rapidly, and public warnings are being issued. " There are two levels worse than a level three, a level two which signals a major disaster and a level one which signals a catastrophic disaster.

Officials with Tennessee Highway Patrol told 10News they are towing several abandoned vehicles off the side of the highway. If you left your car on the side of the road, call the Highway Patrol once the weather has cleared and they will tell you the location of your vehicle.

Stay with wbir.com for updated forecasts and the latest radar, as well as updates on our weather Facebook page and our weather Twitter account.

We also invite you to send us pictures at viewerpics@wbir.com or upload them directly to our website by visiting the story called Send us your winter weather pictures. We might even use some of them on air!

For the latest on road conditions in Tennessee call 511 or check out the TDOT Smartway Map.

Snow begins on Friday, skips most of Knoxville area

Another winter weather system arrived for parts of East Tennessee Friday.

Snow flurries began falling in the early morning hours in Knoxville early Friday morning.  By late Friday morning, the metro area was mostly experiencing light rain.

Viewers reported snow falling on the plateau, and in areas north and northeast of Knoxville, as well as in the mountains.

The only county reporting any slick roads early Friday was Sevier County. Dispatchers reported around 5:45 am that the snow was starting to stick in Gatlinburg, and some roads were becoming icy.  Motorists were urged to use caution on and around Upper Middle Creek Road, Pittman Center, and Highway 321 headed towards Cocke County.

Roads in Knoxville were fairing better than ones in the outlying areas. The city said they have plenty of salt to keep the roads clear.

The snowfall should be heavy and wet, similar to what we had on Wednesday, leaving a slushy mess on the roads, meteorologist Mike Witcher said.

There are a few schools closings early.  You can get the updated list here.

Alcoa Elementary School was just one of the schools which closed early after anticipating snow on the roads. Parents showed up to pick their kids up close to 1:30 p.m. "I'm lucky I've got my own business so I could switch around my work but I had to switch it up a little bit today to be able to come get him early. The wife is at work, she works at Marriott so she couldn't get out so it's up to dad," explained father Josh Belcher.

We're still watching a potentially bigger system that could bring more snow to East Tennessee on Monday.

For the latest on the weather, check out the weather page.

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10News Chief Meteorologist Todd Howell said we could expect light snow to create some accumulation in parts of East Tennessee by sunrise Friday, with lows in the upper 20s.

Light snow showers are expected to continue during the day on Friday, with heavier snow bands possible closer to Friday evening.

Highs on Friday will only reach the middle 30s, and dip into the lower 20s by Saturday morning with light snow continuing.

Updated snow totals by Saturday morning are as follows:
  • Valley (including Knoxville): 1"-3"
  • Plateau: 2"-4" 
  • Mountains: 5"-10"

Most of the weekend will be clear and cold.  But you'll want to stay connected to the forecast as a potentially significant storm could arrive early next week.

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