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The flakes started falling to the south and east of Knoxville around 10 am, and the ground slowly became white. In north Knoxville, a few flurries started by 1 pm, but the big, heavy wet snow flakes didn't start falling until around 2:15. The snow tapered off in the early afternoon, but picked back up after dark.

The snow is expected to taper off by mid-morning Thursday.

The 10Weather team is watching this system closely, because any small shift in the pattern could drastically affect how much snow will fall and where.

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So how much snow can we expect?

At this point, the heaviest snow and ice is expected from Georgia through Virgina, where some areas could get up to a foot of snow and a up to a half of inch freezing rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of East TN, including Knox County, effective from 7 am Wednesday until 7 pm Thursday. There is a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the Plateau.

The Smoky Mountains could see anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow, with places like Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Townsend receiving 5-8 inches.

Upper East Tennessee, including Greene County and the Tri-Cities, could also see 5-8 inches.

Knoxville and the central valley has the potential to get 4-7 inches of snow.

Parts of the Cumberland Plateau and Southeastern Kentucky may see anywhere from 1--3 inches, with lesser amounts the farther west you go.

Again, the system could shift, and that could drastically change the snow amounts, more or less, for East Tennessee.

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