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Massive storm to bring rain, winds to Tennessee Valley

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - While a blizzard moves through the Midwest bringing snow and ice, we will see the same storm system bringing us wind and rain. 

Here is a breakdown of what we can expect:

WIND:
We are under a WIND ADVISORY from 5pm today through 1pm Wednesday.  We will see wind speeds gradually increasing during that time period, and could see winds in the valleys from the south at 20-30 mph, with mountain winds blowing from 40-50 mph. Wind gusts will be higher than that.  The main threat from these winds will be downed limbs and powerlines, so power outages are certainly a possibility tonight.  The winds will continue to blow through the overnight, tapering off around noon tomorrow.
 
RAIN:
We will see rain moving in around 3pm today, and becoming heavy at times as we move through the evening.  The rain will taper off late tonight, and be done with by midnight.  We will see about an inch of rain widespread around the area with locally higher amounts.
 
TRAVEL:
Travel tonight will be hazardous as roads will be rain-slicked, visibility will be limited with rain blowing horizontally, and strong winds will make it very dangerous for high profile vehicles.  If you have to get out...go slow and be careful.
 
-David Karnes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A massive winter storm moving eastward across the country is expected to remain well north of Tennessee.

The Midwest is being coated in snow and ice by the storm, but the forecast for Tennessee calls for thunderstorms and wind gusts, followed by markedly colder temperatures.

After a 100% chance of thunderstorms with a high of 60 degrees on Tuesday in Memphis, the temperature was expected to plunge to an overnight low of 23 degrees.

Similar conditions are expected in Nashville, with the rain turning to snow early Wednesday without accumulating.

The Tri-Cities, Knoxville and Chattanooga also expect rain and some could turn to snow showers. Colder weather is expected in East Tennessee on Wednesday.

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