A day of rain is expected to shift to snow as temperatures drop Tuesday evening across the Lakeway Area.

The National Weather Service in Morristown does not expect much accumulation in the lower elevations of the area but in the higher elevations of southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, there could be snowfall ranging from an inch to 3 inches.

The primary target area for the snowfall is north of Interstate 40 with the rain starting to switch to a wintry mix or snow around 5 or 6 p.m. The heaviest snowfall is predicted to start about 10 p.m. and last until 4 a.m.

By daybreak Wednesday the snowfall should be over with, the NWS said.

Most of the Lakeway Area is expected to get less than an inch, with Morristown and most of Hamblen County projected at under a half inch of snow.

George Mathews, meteorologist with the NWS, said he doesn’t expect icing to be much of an issue due to warm ground temperatures and windy conditions that will dry the roads once the rain changes to snow. He said there may be more of a chance for ice Thursday morning as cracks in the pavement can seep water and the temperatures throughout the day Wednesday will be significantly colder than Tuesday.