Winter storm headed into E. Tenn.

By: Michael Grider Email
By: Michael Grider Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A winter storm is expected to hit East Tennessee Friday and Saturday, according to Pinpoint 8 Weather Team and the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Jim Freeman expects the storm to be divided along the I-40 corridor, with areas south of the interstate getting less snow by Saturday night than areas north of the interstate

The forecast accumulation totals vary considerably because of the uncertainty of the low pressure system moving into the area that's bringing the winter storm with it. Meteorologist Megan Campbell says she expects more ice than snow, with snow accumulations up to two inches in the Valley.

"However, it appears that a significant snow could occur over a large part of the area," a special weather statement from the National Weather Service states. "Residents across East Tennessee, southwest Virginia and southwest North Carolina need to keep abreast of this developing storm system."

While some areas will experience snow and ice starting late Thursday, forecasters say the bulk of the precipitation will become widespread starting Friday afternoon, and will last through Saturday afternoon.

"The precipitation will likely change phases as warm air moves up the East Tennessee Valley during the day Friday," the special weather statement says. "Snow will likely change to rain and sleet across southeast Tennessee and southwest North Carolina. As the low will tracks east of the Southern Appalachians Friday night and Saturday, the wintry mix of precipitation will change to all snow."

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from the National Weather Service until Saturday afternoon.

Freeman says the temperature will be key to determining whether we get snow or mostly cold rain, which is something that could be determined by a difference of just a couple of degrees or less.

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  • by Chrystal Location: Morristown, Tn on Jan 28, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    UGh! must there be more snow, can't everyone see that many tennesseeans have had their fair share of the moisture. We had a horribly wet summer and now another bout with the snow. TOo much white stuff makes people act insaine. They rush out to the stores to buy everything like its never gonna be clear enough to get to a store. If it comes to it you can always walk to get what you need instead of pushing and shoving at the stores. Im tired of snow! Pass on to the north and let them deal with it..were done!
  • by Eric Location: West Knoxville on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    that is such BS, now that every news channel is saying we are def getting bad weather 4- 8 inches of snow, the county will NOT go ahead and pre treat the roads because of the budget, but the state has been doing it sence yesterday. I have a feeling this will be another money making weekend for the wrecker services in Knox county.. you watch there will be more cars wrecked bc of this stupid decision than a couple of weeks ago.. all to put money back in some big wigs pocket at the county office.
  • by Jackie Location: Bedford, Indiana on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Everyone down there stay safe! Wish I was down there in a cabin on a mountain and could watch it snow!! Have fun!
  • by pat Location: knoxville on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    Well, wingnut, my boss is a native Tennesseean, and he constantly jokes about the behavior of the locals when it snows.
  • by MsPittsburgh Location: Knoxville on Jan 27, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    Hey forgot to mention toilet paper!
  • by Wingnut on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Time for all the northern transplants to tell us how silly we are when it comes to snow. They will tell us stories about driving in many feet of snow without missing a beat. What they won't tell you is they are moving back to drive in it some more.
  • by iwantsnow on Jan 27, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    Let it little girl is soo excited. she has never seen a good snow before.
  • by Donald Swisher Location: Farragut on Jan 27, 2010 at 04:11 PM


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