Winter weather advisory calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow in Blount, with greater amounts in mountains
From Staff Repoprts
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today for several East Tennessee counties, including Blount.
Brisk, northerly winds will develop today, pulling colder air into the Southern Appalachians and changing rain into snow with possible accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, locally heavier in higher elevations. The snow will taper off quickly this evening.
Snowfall will crate hazardous driving conditions this afternoon and tonight with temperatures dropping into the 20s tonight turning any water on area roadways into ice.
AccuWeather reports snow began early Thursday morning across Mississippi and is expected to spread northeastward throughout the day, causing travel headaches from Jackson, Miss., to Greensboro, N.C., to Dover, Del.
This storm continues the trend of wintry weather across the South. The region has seen its share of frozen precipitation from ice to snow this week. While Mississippi and Alabama will be spared the brunt of this storm, locations in the southern Appalachians can be buried under a foot or more of snow!
Here's the timeline as of around 9:30 a.m.:
9:10 a.m. EST Thursday: Rain continues to change to snow in Alabama.
8:25 a.m. EST Thursday: Reports coming in on Twitter that rain is changing to snow in western Alabama.
7:40 a.m. EST Thursday: Widespread reports of 2 inches of snow in Mississippi with 3 inches reported by a trained spotter at Pearl, Miss.
7:22 a.m. EST Thursday: Police report slushy bridges and overpasses with slick conditions in Lexington, Miss. Emergency management reported the same in Brookhaven, Miss. Joanne Feldman from Fox 5 in Atlanta, Ga., tweeted "Since cold air can circulate UNDERNEATH bridges & overpasses, ice develops there first."
7:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Two inches of snow reported 2 miles north of Jackson, Miss.
6:00 a.m. EST Thursday: A cold front is slicing across the Florida Panhandle with a temperature of 42 in Pensacola and 67 in Tallahassee! Temperatures will fall from these readings in Tallahassee and only climb a few degrees in Pensacola through the day.
4:30 a.m. EST Thursday: Wind is kicking up along the Gulf coast this morning and will continue to whip throughout the day. Currently a raw 40 degrees in New Orleans with a wind chill of 35.
3:45 a.m. EST Thursday: An inch of snow has been reported in both Vicksburg and Jackson, Miss., with several accidents on I-20 near Jackson.
3:30 a.m. EST Thursday: The very chilly temperatures to the west of the storm highlight the potent Canadian air mass in place. Houston, Texas, was 31 degrees at 3 a.m. while Detroit, Mich., was 35! It certainly can get cold down along the Gulf Coast!