Freezing rain, sleet, snow, bitter cold in forecast


According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, the winter weather advisory for Lee County is in effect from 6 6 p.m. Friday.

Rain will change to freezing rain Friday morning and then change to accumulating snow by late Friday afternoon, according to the forecast. On Friday, rain will turn to freezing rain, to sleet and then to snow as colder air spreads into the area.

Hazardous travel conditions are possible across Clarksville-Montgomery County Friday morning due to freezing rain.

Snow and sleet accumulations are expected to be between four and eight inches, more in the snowbelt. How much sleet, snow and ice you get will depend on where you are.

For the rest of the weekend, the forecast calls for a chance of snow showers Saturday morning with mostly cloudy conditions and a high near 19.

Total snow accumulation of one to three inches may occur on top of up to one quarter inch of ice accumulations.

The National Weather Service also has issued flood watches from Kentucky to ME, with over 30 million people under the threat of flooding from heavy rain and snow melt. "Travel will be icy and risky, especially Saturday morning".

The system will move out of the region by Friday evening. The heaviest snow will fall overnight Friday.

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We may be enjoying a "heat wave" in central in right now, but it'll be short-lived as the next winter system makes its way into the area with the potential to drop several inches of snow along its path.

"An end to the brief January thaw sweeps east for this weekend", the National Weather Service said. "Total rainfall will range from 1-3", but locally higher amounts are possible.

It was the deep freeze during the last week of the month that really lowered the average temperature to levels far below normal.

Exford said that rivers and streams aren't unusually high yet, but they could be susceptible to ice jams or flooding from melting snow and precipitation.

"Things probably will improve some, you know with road crews out and that kind of thing, especially on the major highways". New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

The storm system that brought much-needed rain but deadly mudflows to southern California has swept through the Southern Plains and is now making a significant impact with rain, sleet and snow in the East.

On the southern side of the storm, winds gusted to 68 miles per hour in Midland, Texas, producing a dust storm and reducing visibility close to zero.