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Tenn. remains under State of Emergency declared by governor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee remains under a Level 4 State of Emergency, after Governor Phil Bredesen's midday declaration Friday, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

The winter storm warning for East Tennessee has been allowed to expire.

TEMA says Gov. Bredesen declared a Level 5 State of Emergency around noon Friday, as a large winter storm moved into Tennessee. That declaration was reduced to Level 4 around 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the TEMA Web site.

Here's what TEMA says about a Level 4 State of Emergency:

This level may be declared when there is a potential or likelihood of an emergency developing or worsening. The decision to augment the Operations watch-point staff establishes this level of activation. TEMA Operations and Communications Branch performs more frequent monitoring. This level also may represent a period of decreased staffing at the end of an emergency. This status also describes an administratively-continued emergency period remaining from the Governor's declaration of emergency or proclamation (no longer than 60 days without extension) when waivers of law are still required for response or recovery.

For more on what a state of emergency means, including information about the different levels of emergency, CLICK HERE.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- East Tennessee is officially under a Winter Storm Warning effective 3 p.m. Friday and lasting until 4 p.m. Saturday.

Parts of the WVLT viewing area are already reporting snow accumulations, and traffic issues have been reported along the track of the storm, just east of the Cumberland Plateau.

Volunteer TV News will have complete coverage of this weather event beginning at 4 p.m. You can get complete information anytime, on VolunteerTV.com.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A winter storm has begun dropping rain, sleet and snow in Tennessee.

The massive storm has caused deep snow in the Great Plains and has caused forecasters to post storm advisories from Arizona through Virginia.

WREG-TV in Memphis reported rain and sleet was falling as commuters went to work Friday morning. There were no major traffic-related problems at dawn.

Most city and county school systems across the state were closed and, uncommonly, the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee-Martin canceled Friday classes.

Temperatures across the state were at or near freezing Friday morning.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings statewide.

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Information from: WREG-TV, http://www.wreg.com/

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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National Weather Service issues winter storm warning for East Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 1 PM Friday to 4 PM EST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Timing: light snow is expected to begin falling on Friday afternoon, and increase in intensity through Friday evening. The snow may be heavy at times Friday night. Snow is expected to begin to decrease through Saturday.

Accumulations: snowfall amounts of 5 to 9 inches are expected across the northern Cumberland Plateau, northeast Tennessee including the Tri-Cities area, southwest Virginia and the central Tennessee Valley including Knoxville. Higher elevations of the Cumberland Plateau and southwest Virginia could see locally higher amounts. In the Knoxville area, temperatures will be very close to freezing, and there could be a period when the snow is mixed with rain or sleet. If temperatures are only a degree or two warmer, snow amounts may be lower.

Impacts: Road conditions are expected to be very hazardous from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. In addition, snowfall intensities will be heavy enough to substantially reduce visibilities at times. Travel is discouraged. If travel is unavoidable, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.


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