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UPDATE: Storm Alert 3 Team tracking big snow storm

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB)--A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Cumberland, Grundy, and Van Buren counties until Noon CST Tuesday.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the remainder of the Channel 3 viewing area until 1pm EST Tuesday.
The heavy snow has finally tapered.  Some of the highest amounts came from Lookout Mountain, Suck Creek Mountain, and in Polk county where totals of 12" were reported.  Other amounts ranged from 6-10.5".
Now that the major snow is gone we have to battle light additional accumulations of snow, sleet,  and freezing drizzle tonight.  Foggy conditions may also develop along with icy spots.  Road travel is highly discouraged.
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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB)--Winter Storm Warning has been in effect for northeast Alabama and north Georgia and is set to expire at 7pm EST Monday.  The warning for the remainder of the Channel 3 viewing area--Tennessee & North Carolina counties--begins at Midnight tonight and also expires at 7pm Monday.
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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB)--Based on the most recent computer models and the current track of the approaching winter storm, some adjustments to forecasted snow amounts have been made for spots outside the Chattanooga metro area.  4-6" projected for some areas of north Georgia with 8" or more possible in the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC.
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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB)--Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for the entire Channel 3 viewing area tonight; at 7pm EST for northeast Alabama, at midnight everywhere else.  The warning should appear your TV screen once the National Weather Service sends it to our Storm Warn system.
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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB)--The National Weather Service has placed the entire Channel 3 viewing area under a Winter Storm Warning beginning at midnight EST Sunday night (7pm EST for north Alabama and north Georgia).
The latest forecast models have shown slight adjustments in the track and speed of the approaching winter storm as it moves across the Gulf Coast toward the our area.  Precipitation will start Sunday night by around 9pm as snow across north Georgia and north Alabama, spreading into the rest of the Tennessee Valley by around midnight. Snow will continue to fall overnight through Monday night, possibly mixing with sleet and freezing rain at times in parts of north Alabama and north Georgia after sunrise Monday.
Secondary and untreated roads will become hazardous for motorists.  Please drive very cautiously if you must travel.
Projected snow amounts are as follows:
4-6" in Hamilton and adjacent counties in southeast TN and western North Carolina (higher accumulations of 8"+ possible for highest elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains)
4-7" in northeast Alabama depending on elevation and mixed precipitation amounts
5-7" in north Georgia north of a line from Rome to Gainesville
The Storm Alert 3 has the best tools to keep you informed on this winter storm. iPhone and Droid users can download the free radar weather app. Just search "WRCB" on your phone. Other cell phone users can see our radar at m.WRCBtv.com. You can also track and zoom snow showers right to your neighborhood using the exclusive iRadar. You can stay up to date through your Facebook page. Just join us at Facebook.com/WRCBtv for behind the scenes information, discussion with other Channel 3 viewers about the snow, and direct contact with meteorologists.
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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB)--The National Weather Service has placed the entire Channel 3 viewing area under a Winter Storm Warning beginning Sunday evening (Sunday afternoon for northeast AL). It was a "watch" on Saturday but has now been upgraded to "warning."
 
Precipitation will generally start out Sunday night as snow across North Georgia and the rest of the Tennessee Valley. The timing will be very late but when it starts snowing, it won't stop for a while.
 
A strong low pressure system is expected to develop in the southwestern U.S. and track along the Gulf Coast states and into the TN Valley late Sunday night through Monday night.  This system will produce constant snowfall during this time period as well as sleet and freezing rain in some areas of north GA.  Expected snow accumulations at this time are as follows:
3-6" in the Chattanooga metro area and surrounding southeast TN counties
4-8" in eastern Polk county and western areas of NC
4-7" in northeast AL
3-5" in northwest GA
5-7" in north central and northeast GA
Locally heavier accumulations are possible.  Projected snow amounts have been slightly adjusted based on the track of the storm as shown in recent computer models.  Overall, snow amounts are expected to be high and most roads will be hazardous for driving, especially secondary and untreated roads.
Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys expects widespread school closings Monday and some business closings.
 
The Storm Alert 3 has the best tools to keep you informed on this winter storm. iPhone and Droid users can download the free radar weather app. Just search "WRCB" on your phone. Other cell phone users can see our radar at m.WRCBtv.com. You can also track and zoom snow showers right to your neighborhood using the exclusive iRadar. You can stay up to date through your Facebook page. Just join us at Facebook.com/WRCBtv for behind the scenes information, discussion with other Channel 3 viewers about the snow, and direct contact with meteorologists.
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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The entire Storm Alert 3 Team of Paul Barys, David Karnes, and Nick Austin is working together on another winter forecast.
 
The National Weather Service in Georgia has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for most of the Channel 3 viewing area in Georgia from Sunday evening through Monday evening.
 
Precipitation will begin as all snow Sunday evening and remain snow through early Monday morning. Monday, areas in the North Georgia mountains will remain predominately snow. This snow, freezing rain and sleet mix, will create a dangerous situation on the roads. With the transition from snow to freezing rain and sleet this will limit snowfall accumulations to 3 to 5 inches. A WINTER STORM WATCH means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
 
The following counties in North Georgia are under the WINTER STORM WARNING: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Union, Walker, Whitfield.
 
The following counties in Tennessee are under the WINTER STORM WARNING: Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren.
 
The WINTER STORM WARNING for Tennessee counties remains in effect from late Sunday night through Monday evening. A steady snow is expected to develop around or shortly after midnight Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches will be possible by Monday afternoon with locally higher amounts across higher elevations.
 
Roads may become snow covered and hazardous Sunday night into Monday, especially untreated and secondary roads.
 
The following counties in NE Alabama are under a WINTER STORM WARNING: DeKalb, Jackson.
 
The following counties in North Carolina are under a WINTER STORM WATCH: Cherokee, Clay. 
 
Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys expects widespread school closings Monday and some business closings.
 
The Storm Alert 3 has the best tools to keep you informed on this winter storm. iPhone and Droid users can download the free radar weather app. Just search "WRCB" on your phone. Other cell phone users can see our radar at m.WRCBtv.com. You can also track and zoom snow showers right to your neighborhood using the exclusive iRadar. You can stay up to date through your Facebook page. Just join us at Facebook.com/WRCBtv for behind the scenes information, discussion with other Channel 3 viewers about the snow, and direct contact with meteorologists.

  
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Folks in the high elevations of Cherokee and Clay Counties can expect snow accumulations of 1-3"  through Saturday morning and icy spots may develop due to light rain earlier in the day and temps dropping below freezing overnight. 
 
Elsewhere in the valleys of the viewing area expect a light wintry mix turning to flurries/light snow Saturday morning.  Little to no snow accumulations are expected in the valleys.
 
Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening should be dry for most everyone, but daytime highs will not climb out of the 30s with wind chills in the 20s.
 
Another storm system will move in from the south and has the potential to bring heavy snow to the area overnight Sunday and through the day on Monday. North GA may see a snow/sleet mix at times.
 
Right now it looks like we could see 4-6" of snow falling Monday in the valleys with higher amounts in the mountains.  North GA and northeast AL counties will be under a Winter Storm Watch beginning Sunday evening.
 
Nick Austin
Storm Alert Meteorologist
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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- There is a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect until 7a.m. EST Saturday for Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs, McMinn, Polk counties in TN; Cherokee and Clay counties in NC. 
 
Folks in the high elevations of the advisory areas can expect snow accumulations of 1-3"  through Saturday morning.  Elsewhere in the valleys of the viewing area expect a light wintry mix Friday night, possible turning to just flurries Saturday morning.
 
Temps are expected to fall into the upper 20s to low 30s Friday night, so travel could be hazardous Saturday morning due to icy spots. 
 
Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening should be dry for most everyone, but daytime highs will not climb out of the 30s with wind chills in the 20s.
Another storm system will move in from the south and has the potential to bring heavy snow and sleet to the area overnight Sunday and through the day on Monday. 
 
Right now it looks like we could see 2-4" of snow falling Monday in the valleys with higher amounts in the higher terrain.
 
Nick Austin
Storm Alert Meteorologist
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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - After a beautiful Thursday things will take a downturn once again, depending on your point of view. 
Scattered light snow showers will approach after midnight tonight and are expected to pick up in coverage and intensity a bit during the day Friday. 
Valley areas, including Chattanooga, could receive minor accumulations under 1" while higher elevations may get 2"+.  Snow should mix with/change to rain in the valleys Friday afternoon as temps climb to well above freezing.  Then it's back to light snow Friday night into Saturday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for the higher elevations of Bledsoe, Meigs, Rhea, McMinn, and Polk counties from midnight tonight until 7am Saturday EST. 
Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina are included in the advisory, too.  Mountains locations in these counties could get up to 5" total accumulations through Friday night with locally higher amounts.
Also, slushy areas could turn icy into the pre-dawn and early hours of Saturday morning.

Keep track of the latest forecast information at www.wrcbtv.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Nick Austin
Channel 3 Storm Alert Meteorologist

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- There is a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect through Friday night for Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, and Cherokee Counties in our viewing area. 
 
Folks in the advisory area can expect an on and off mix of light rain, sleet, and snow through the day with very light accumulations except in the higher elevations where 1-2" is possible Friday through Saturday morning. 
 
Temps are expected to fall into the upper 20s Friday night, so travel could be hazardous Saturday morning. 
 
Another storm system will move in from the south, and has the potential to bring heavy snow and sleet to the area overnight Sunday and through the day on Monday. 
 
Right now it looks like we could see 2-4" of snow falling Monday.
 
David Karnes
Storm Alert Meteorologist
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - After a beautiful Thursday things will take a downturn once again, depending on your point of view. 
Scattered light snow showers will approach after midnight tonight and are expected to pick up in coverage and intensity a bit during the day Friday. 
Valley areas, including Chattanooga, could receive minor accumulations under 1" while higher elevations may get 2"+.  Snow should mix with/change to rain in the valleys Friday afternoon as temps climb to well above freezing.  Then it's back to light snow Friday night into Saturday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for the higher elevations of Bledsoe, Meigs, Rhea, McMinn, and Polk counties from midnight tonight until 7am Saturday EST. 
Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina are included in the advisory, too.  Mountains locations in these counties could get up to 5" total accumulations through Friday night with locally higher amounts.
Also, slushy areas could turn icy into the pre-dawn and early hours of Saturday morning.

Keep track of the latest forecast information at www.wrcbtv.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Nick Austin
Channel 3 Storm Alert Meteorologist

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The rest of your Thursday should be nice with mostly sunny skies and highs reaching the mid 40s.

 

Tonight clouds will begin to build once again with light snow flurries developing early Friday morning and lasting on and off through the day Friday and into Saturday morning.  Most of the accumulation will be on the Plateau and in the Blue Ridge Mtns., but we can certainly expect some light dustings in the valleys. 

 

As far as amounts...we should expect anything from light dustings in the valleys to a half inch near McMinn and Bledsoe Counties County.  In the higher elevations we could get 1-2" through the day Friday and into Saturday.

 

Temperatures both Friday and Saturday morning will be below freezing and will support some ice/packed snow on area roadways.  With untreated roads, travel could be hazardous Friday morning and Saturday morning.

David Karnes

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Thursday brings drier conditions to the Tennessee Valley after Wednesday's rain showers.  But another system will bring a chance for accumulating snowfall late Thursday night into Friday. 

For the midnight to noon time frame on Friday forecast models at this time point to totals of a dusting to 0.25" in Chattanooga and surrounding valley areas, 0.75"-1.00" towards Pikeville, up to 0.5" in north central and northeast Georgia, and 1"-2" in parts of the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina.

Snow will change to rain Friday afternoon in areas where temperatures rise far enough above freezing.  This will make for a messy, slushy drive home from work. 

Some of this slush may freeze into ice toward dawn Saturday as temperatures fall back below 32 degrees for a few hours.

Another significant snow event may be in store next week, but details are sketchy at this point as to timing and amounts. 

Keep track of the latest forecast information at www.wrcbtv.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Nick Austin

 

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