The National Weather Service in Morristown is calling for wintry conditions to hit the area tonight and Tuesday.
According to meteorologist Jeremy Buckles of the NWS, rain will turn into snow overnight with temperatures falling below freezing in the Lakeway Area. A winter weather advisory has been issued between 1 a.m. to noon Tuesday, with a 100% chance of precipitation.
However, the lower elevations of the region will not be as affected by the precipitation as the upper elevations in Claiborne and Hancock.
“We expect most of the impact to be in the higher elevations (of the Lakeway Area), but we’re only expecting a light snow around Morristown and the immediate surrounding areas in the valley,” Buckles said. “(The temperatures) have been warm recently, so we might only get a half-inch of snow.”
Slick spots might develop on roadways, and there might be reduced visibilities in the area, but the NWS isn’t forecasting any widespread icy conditions. Most of the snow will be done by mid-morning, but a few flurries and snow showers could linger in the mountains mid-day on Tuesday.
“For the most part, it’s going to be pretty good,” Buckles said. “The roads and surfaces are too warm for the snow to stick.
“We might see some roads ice over once the temperature drops.”
The area will record its highest temperature around 8 a.m. Tuesday before the mercury drops below freezing throughout the day, with highs in the low-30s and lows around 15 degrees. The region will see mostly cloudy conditions, with temperatures falling to around 30 by 5 p.m. Winds will be coming from the northwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation in the area is 60%.
Wind chills in the low teens across low elevations and single digits to near 0 degrees in higher elevations could cause frostbite to exposed skin.
All of East Tennessee will feel the cold temperatures, but Buckles said the moisture from the evening snow will have moved out of the region by the time the temperature reaches that point.
“The key is once the temperatures drop below freezing, the moisture would have ceased in the region, especially in the lower elevations,” he said.
Though the temperatures will be upwards of 20 degrees colder than normal during this time of year in East Tennessee, the extended forecast calls for a slow, but steady, warming trend as the week progresses. Temperatures will warm into the 40s on Wednesday, with highs moving into the 50s by the weekend.
Despite the warmup, the mercury will still read at least 10 degrees below average for mid-November in the Lakeway Area.