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Snow & Ice Risk in the Tennessee Valley & Southeast

5 Jan 2017, 10:15 am

A potential winter mess of ice and snow is moving through the Ohio Valley and will move into portions of the Tennessee Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Winter Storm Watches and Winter Weather Advisories have already been issued into Saturday. Travel could become difficult in some areas.

Snow totals may climb above 6″ in parts of North and South Carolina and in the Texas Panhandle by Saturday. Up to 3″ is possible from Georgia into Oklahoma.

The snow will form along and behind a surface trough that will move from the Ohio Valley into the Tennessee Valley this afternoon into early Friday. Upper level energy will provide extra support for the precipitation to develop.

On Friday, the energy will slide into the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. Humidity will build in the atmosphere as moisture flows in from the Gulf of Mexico. Snow will begin to spread from the Ozark Mountains to the Smoky Mountains by Friday evening. A mix of sleet may develop at times as well.

Snow will begin to accumulate late Friday night into Saturday morning from Birmingham to Atlanta and Columbia. Snow will also spread across North Carolina. The precipitation will begin to move offshore into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday afternoon.

Roads may become slippery and snow covered as temperatures fall through the overnight. Readings will fall into the 20s from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama through the Smokies. Ground temperatures will initially be warm, melting the falling snow. As temperatures drop further, accumulations will begin. Readings will struggle to warm on Saturday.

Local National Weather Service offices have be informing residents on social media of the threat for snow and winter travel issues. Stay tuned to WeatherNation and for updates on the winter storm. We will have live updates from the region and around the clock forecast & radar updates.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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