Winter Storm Watch For All Of Middle TN, Forecast 3-6 Inches Of Snow For Most Areas
ROBERTSON COUNTY, MIDLLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The US National Weather Service Nashville Tennessee have issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for Middle Tennessee for Saturday night and Sunday.
Here are the main things you need to know:
* A major winter storm will cause significant impacts from the Midwest down to the Tennessee Valley, then up the east coast.
* Significant snow accumulations are expected across all of Middle Tennessee.
* Travel will become very difficult, maybe impossible in some areas.
* Over the next 24-36 hours, the WATCH (get set!) will be updated to become an ADVISORY or WARNING (here we go!) as final forecast adjustments are made.
“We are very confident that snow will blanket the area. Exact amounts are not certain, but our latest forecast calls for 3 to 6 inches for most areas. Localized heavy bands of snow could cause some spots to have more than 6 inches. Generally lower amounts are expected down along the Alabama border and in the far northwest near Land Between the Lakes. This snow total forecast will certainly be adjusted and updated, but everyone should get ready for major travel disruptions.
A few other notes: some sleet or freezing rain may be in the mix, but we do not expect big problems with ice. The transition from rain to snow will occur after 6 PM Saturday evening, generally north to south through the night. The heaviest snow will fall Sunday morning. At that time, local heavy bands could dump 1-2 inches per hour. The snow is expected to taper off Sunday evening.
Temperatures will be cold Sunday night through MLK Day, so travel problems will linger.”
Weather update from Bill Jones (Robertson County Weather), what you need to know
Details: This will be a heavy wet snow that will be hard on power lines, trees and any structure it can stick to causing more damage.
The estimate I feel we will have is 3-5 inches but the highest estimate is 6-8 inches and the lowest estimate is 3-5 inches.
The weather models are showing a great difference in the amounts of snow so we can’t be sure of the coverage.
Prepare for the high estimate and hope for the low estimate.
Saturday it will start raining maybe in the morning but the temperature will start rising keeping it raining.
Saturday night the temp drops and we will see a transition from rain to sleet to snow by morning.
Sunday it will snow all day.
Another winter event is coming Wed. and Thurs. but not expected to be anything like this one because of higher temps.
Once this “wet snow” falls and sticks Monday will bring colder temps and cause what is on the ground to turn to ice making Monday a bad day to travel.
More update coming later tomorrow.
Create an emergency car kit. It is best to avoid traveling, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your car:
• Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
• Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets
• Windshield scraper
• Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Water and snack food
• First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
• Tow chains or rope
• Tire chains
• Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
• Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
• Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
• Hazard or other reflectors
• Bright colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
• Road maps
• Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water
Bring your pets indoors
If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
Prevent Frozen Pipes:
• Insulate Pipes. The best way to keep your pipes from freezing is to purchase specifically designed pipe insulation.
• Keep Garage Doors Closed.
• Open Cabinets.
• Let Faucets Drip.
• Keep the Thermostat Consistent.
• Seal Cracks and Openings.
• Leave the Heat On.
• Open Interior Doors.
*Remember the harsh cold weather can be tough on our older neighbors, be sure to check up on them when you have an opportunity
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