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Storm Alert 3 Team monitoring weekend winter weather

By Storm Alert 3 Team

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The Storm Alert 3 Team updated its winter weather forecast Sunday that could affect the Channel 3 viewing area into Monday morning.

Very cold air, increasing winds, and moisture are all advancing into the Tennessee Valley this Sunday morning behind a frontal system.  Flurries have already been reported in many areas and have been sticking to cars and other objects.

Snow showers are expected to increase this afternoon and tonight.  Forecasted snow amounts through Monday morning have not changed: higher elevations west of Pikeville could see two to three inches of snow, with 0.5" in Athens, up to 0.33" in Chattanooga and the valley, 4" to 5" in Murphy, NC, up to 0.25" in north GA, and 0.50"-0.75" in northeast AL.  The most snowfall is expected to occur in the high elevations of the Smoky Mountains and the northern Cumberland Plateau where locally 8"+ are possible.  Snow should be out of the Channel 3 viewing area by around noon Monday.

Snow is only half the story.  The other half is wind.  Winds will increase Sunday and Sunday night making it very dangerous to be outside.  Daytime wind chills will be in the 20s, with teens and possibly single digits in some areas late Sunday night.  Blustery conditions will also produce blowing and drifting snow, causing low visibilities on roadways, especially in the mountains.

ALL of the Channel 3 viewing area is now under a Winter Weather Advisory until early Monday morning and until Monday evening for western NC.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the high elevations of the Smoky Mountains and the northern Cumberland Plateau.

You can always count on the experience of the Storm Alert 3 Team to keep you updated as the system develops. We'll update you on air as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and through our iPhone and Droid apps.

The Storm Alert 3 Team's exclusive forecast can also be seen in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and heard on US-101, J-103, 98.1 WLND's Christmas station, plus several other radio stations.

If you have weather pictures, please email them to We may use some of them on the air.

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