SNOW UPDATE: E. Tenn. relatively spared so far


11:23 AM: So far, East Tennessee has been spared the large amounts of snow fall that have fallen in other parts of the state.

Scott County reports the most with two to three inches across the county and slick roads. Salt trucks have been sent out however.

Campbell County varies from a light dusting to about an inch, with more as you head up toward the Kentucky border. Main roads remain clear though some back roads have snow.

Blount County, Knox County, and Sevier County all report a dusting, though a few inches have fallen in the Smokies.

All the counties report no accidents on the roads.

Most of the viewing area remains under a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory through either 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM EST.

10:16 AM: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A snowstorm that swept across Tennessee dumped a foot in parts of Middle Tennessee and up to 7 inches in Memphis.

Roads are still snow-covered and icy, and officials are warning people to stay off them if at all possible.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning remains in effect for Middle Tennessee until noon, with another inch or two possible.

Meteorologist Mike Girodo says Houston County in west Middle Tennessee got the most snow with about 12 inches. Humphreys and Perry counties also were hard-hit with 8 or more inches. All of those counties are along the Tennessee River.

The Nashville metro area received an average of 3 to 4 inches.

Snow could continue over the Cumberland Plateau throughout the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach the mid-30s in West Tennessee, but will struggle to get above freezing in the middle part of the state.

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UPDATE: 2:11 PM: The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a heavy snow warning for Campbell County, Claiborne County, Hancock County, Morgan County, Scott County and Lee County, Virginia.

According to the NWS, a heavy band of snow could move the region tonight and on Saturday.

It will be accompanied by a low pressure system moving northeast through the southern Appalachians.

Cold air is expected to move in behind the system overnight, allowing rain to mix with and change to snow across the Cumberland Plateau.

NWS says moderate to heavy snow could occur by Saturday afternoon, especially at elevations above 2,500 feet, bringing 3 to 5 inches of snow accumulation.

In the valley, certain locations can expect between a dusting and up to two inches of snow.

The heavy snow warning is in effect from midnight tonight to 12:00 PM on Saturday.
UPDATE 12:30 PM: Delta cancelling some flights to and from Cincinnati. Already, Delta Flight 5067, an arrival from Cincinnati is cancelled. That means Delta Flight 5242, a 2:45 departure to CVG is also cancelled.
UNDATED (WVLT) - A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Cumberland Plateau, including Cumberland and Fentress counties, and other counties back towards Nashville from 6:00 p.m. Friday until 12:00 p.m. Saturday.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Saturday morning through Saturday evening for the Smoky Mountain regions of Blount, Cocke, Monroe and Sevier counties.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Saturday morning through Saturday evening for Campbell, Claiborne, Greene, Morgan, Scott.

In Middle Tennessee, the precipitation will begin this morning as

Colder air will gradually filter into the region from the Northwest, enabling snow to mix with the rain.

The transition to all snow will begin by late afternoon in areas northwest of Nashville.

By midnight, all of middle Tennessee and the Cumberland
Plateau will have switched over to all snow.

Snow will fall through the night and will linger into Saturday morning.

At this time, it appears that total accumulations will range from up to 2 inches in the valley including Knoxville, 1 to 3 inches near the Alabama Border, 2 to 4 inches in the Clarksville area, 3 to 5 inches around Nashville, and 4 to 6 Inches along the Cumberland Plateau.

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