Although the first day of spring is just
a little more than a month away, winter’s grip on the region and across the nation was expected to continue overnight and into this morning.
Although Friday brought warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine, much of the 6-9 inches that fell over much of the lower elevations Wednesday and Thursday remained on the ground. And more was expected with the National Weather’s Service issuing a winter-weather advisory just after 2 p.m. Snow and sleet was expected to begin around midnight and continue until around 10 a.m. today.
The NWS models had the weather system starting out as rain and then changing over to snow before ending. Snow accumulations were expected to come in quick bands, according to the report, as a low pressure system moves quickly from the Southeast and across the area. Two to four inches of snow were expected, according to the NWS.
Wise County, Va., and portions of East Tennessee, including Gatlinburg, Cades Cove and Mountain City were included in a winter storm warning alert also posted Friday afternoon. Possible accumulations in those areas could range from 2-6 inches, the report said.
An extended forecast model promises snow-melting weather Sunday and into next week with temperatures rising into the upper 30s to lower 40s early in the week and highs in the lower 60s by Thursday.
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