Winter refuses to go gently, brings threat of snow
The Lakeway Area is due to get another wintery blast.
The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a number of weather advisories throughout East Tennessee. However, valley areas such as Hamblen, Grainger and Jefferson counties should be spared the majority of the snow, according to surface hydrologist, Glenn Carrin.
The meteorologist said Morristown. could see up to an inch, while areas moving up into the Hancock and Hawkins counties and up into the Tri-Cities could see snow in the one to three inch range.
The NWS has issued a winter storm warning for moderate to heavy snows for the higher elevations of Cocke and Greene counties, where snowfall totals could reach between three and eight inches, Carrin said.
The winter storm warning goes into effect at 7 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Thursday.
Carrin said the timing of the storm has changed, and at issue will be how much temperatures warm during the day before the strong cold front moves into the Eastern Tennessee valley and Southern Appalachians later today.
The meteorologist explained that the area will experience winds from the south during the early part of the day, which will help temperatures climb into the lower 50s.
“Almost as soon as it jumps up, it may jump back down again,” he explained.
Carrin said that once the cold air begins to move in, it will happen quickly. Luckily, most of the precipitation accompanying the colder air will be “pretty insignificant.”
Unlike a similar storm system that raced through East Tennessee in February, this event is not expected to be accompanied by a quick switch from rain to snow. He explained that rain is expected to move out of the area ahead of the cold front’s approach. There will be about a six-hour period without much precipitation.
Because the ground is cold from the recent four to five days of colder weather, the snow that falls is not expected to turn the roads dangerously slushy as did that earlier storm.
Once this system moves out, temperatures are expected to moderate.
“We are going to finally get some springtime,” Carrin said.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 60s by the weekend.
-By Denise Williams, Tribune Staff Writer