Winter Weather Advisory issued for all of E. Tennessee; Storm Warning issued for mountains

By: Brian Gregory, Craig Edwards, Scott Blalock
By: Brian Gregory, Craig Edwards, Scott Blalock

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A winter storm that is moving toward East Tennessee, is already causing a bit of sleet Northern Alabama and Georgia.

And just before 3:30 p.m., the National Weather issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of East Tennessee. That's usually issued in advance of a winter storm that could drop minor accumulations of snow, sleet, or ice in the region.

The National Weather Service also issued a Winter Storm Warning for the mountains of Monroe, Blount, Sevier, and Cocke Counties.

Pinpoint 8 Chief Meteorologist Scott Blalock says the storm looks like it will be here a bit earlier than expected, arriving as rain beginning around 6 p.m. Much of East Tennessee could see a changeover to snow by 8 p.m. By 10 p.m., you could start seeing some accumulations.

"We could actually see some moderate accumulation during that time, mostly on the grass," said Blalock. "But as the temperatures drop, some may stick to the roads."

The key hours, now will be midnight to 3 or 4 a.m. That's when the snow will change over to a mix of sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

Depending on how low the temperatures go, that could linger a little longer, but Blalock says most areas in the valley will just see a cold rain, and possibly some slush, through the majority of the morning rush hour as temperatures climb.

"Right now, we're looking at one of those events where you go to sleep with snow on the ground, but by the time you get up, it's raining, and the snow's gone."

Blalock is anticipating a half inch to an inch of snow in the valley, 1-2" of snow from the areas of Morristown north, up onto Jellico Mountain, and into Southeastern Kentucky.

Areas of the mountains could see up to 4" of snow.

Travel should be OK in the valley by the morning drive, but Blalock says there are always concerns about black ice on the backroads, and even some main roads, so always give yourself some extra time.

Travel problems could continue into the mountains throughout the night and even into early afternoon Thursday. If you're traveling On Interste 40 through the North Carolina side of the mountains, or Interstate 81 up into the Tri-Cities, more snow may fall making some roads more slippery.

Thursday night we should see some additional flurries, but no accumulation. However, as the temperatures dip, there will be a threat of black ice on the roadways especially in the higher elevations.

Blalock says there will be another chance to snow on Saturday.

Any school closings will be passed along as soon as we get them, on Volunteer TV News, and You can also sign up for text messages on your cell phone with snowto2go through We will send you a text message if your school closes. See the link below to subscribe.

You can get road condition phone numbers, utility phone numbers, and pretty much everything else you need to deal with the storm on our web channel home page in the section titled "Super Pinpoint 8 Winter Weather Center."

The best way to track the storm is to watch Volunteer TV News today. Blalock says it's likely the forecast will change multiple times before tomorrow night, so keep tuned to Volunteer TV News for the latest details.

You can also track the storm from your home computer on Pinpoint 8 Desktop Weather. See the link below to download it.

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  • by dustie Location: 37766 on Jan 17, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    Hey, I hate the weather but you guys make it work \ Thanks,
  • by Tammy Location: Jefferson on Jan 17, 2008 at 04:09 AM
    Does anyone ever notice who sponsers the weather? Usually Kroger or a food chain of some sort. Makes you think a little....
  • by John Location: Riceville on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    Its going to snow like a mofo!!! Go stock up on beer FAST!!!
  • by Caren Location: Sevierville on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    just because it has not snowed is not anyones fault i remember in 1992 when my son was little we had a blizzard they got that so just give them a break.....
  • by Caren Location: Sevierville on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    give them a break they are tring and we should all thank them their only human what are you doing god bless all the staff at wvlt
  • by bleh Location: Dandridge on Jan 16, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    Finally, a good chance for more than a millimeter of frozen precipitation. QUICK, CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!!!
  • by we'll see Location: Knoxville on Jan 16, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    Well I guess if I wake up in the morning and see snow then I can say you guys hit the nail on the head. But then if it Rains tonight it will get rid of any snow we get...But since you are saying it should START @ 7pm these other ppl should keep there mouths shut til then...."Right now, it's looking more and more like it will start as rain around 7 p.m. Wednesday night,". If people would just read what's being said and stop spouting off... These Guys are doing their jobs. But I can also understand ppl being upset when nothing happens too.The Last Time I saw a good snow (10") was year before last when I was in Gatlinburg for Valentines weekend. Infact I've been in Knoxville 10 years and that is the most snow I've ever seen. So for now I will keep my figures crossed and NOT hold my breath.
  • by KEN Location: KNOXVILLE on Jan 16, 2008 at 11:19 AM
  • by michael Location: lenoir city on Jan 15, 2008 at 10:17 PM
    well we see any snow on the ground this year like 2 or so inchs
  • by CC Location: Knoxville on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    Quick run to Kroger!! Ahhhh!


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