CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- The Storm Alert 3 Team of Paul Barys, David Karnes, and Nick Austin has been watching a winter system building since last week. As we've been telling you for several days now, it will snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This snow event is nothing compared to the larger ones of Christmas Day and early January. As a generality, we can expect the snow to begin at about 6 on the Plateau, and slide into the Tennessee Valley at about 7pm. Amounts will range from 1-2" in the valleys, and 2-3" with locally higher amounts in the higher elevations. Here's a look at the official National Weather Service alerts by state.
TENNESSEE- The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from Wednesday 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Thursday EST for the following counties in the Channel 3 viewing area: Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren. Snow will gradually develop over the southern Appalachian region by sunset and will continue through the night. Accumulations of around 1" with some amounts seeing up to 3" is expected. With temperatures falling below freezing after sunset untreated roads will become hazardous and snow covered.
GEORGIA- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday until Noon Thursday EST for the following counties in North Georgia: Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Union, Walker, Whitfield. Mainly light snow or rain changing to snow will begin this evening. Accumulations of 1" to 1.5" are possible for far north with just 1/4" to 1" over the rest of the counties. Roads will become slick if snow falls quickly. Lows of 25 to 30 degrees across the far north and 28 to 33 across the rest of the advisory area.
NORTH CAROLINA- The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday until 7:00 a.m. Thursday EST for Cherokee and Clay Counties. Snow will gradually develop over the southern Appalachian by sunset and continue through the night. Accumulations of 1" to 3" are expected Wednesday night. Untreated roads may become hazardous.
ALABAMA- Winter Storm Warning in effect for DeKalb and Jackson Counties from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday until 6:00 a.m. Thursday CST. The National Weather Service expects snow to begin to fall across Northeast Alabama by the early evening and taper off from west to east during the overnight hours. Total snowfall around 2" expected with locally higher amounts possible. The snow should begin to accumulate on roads within a couple hours. Bridges and overpasses will receive snow first with secondary roads becoming potentially slick by late evening.
Storm Alert Meteorologist
Here is the latest on the potential for snow Wednesday/Thursday.
Most of Wednesday will be cool but nice with highs in the mid 40s. Clouds will increase Wednesday afternoon, and light snow showers will begin between 3 and 5pm.
The snow fall will be widespread and persistent through Wednesday night. During the overnight hours leading into Thursday morning it will begin to taper off, and by the time you wake up Thursday morning the snow will no longer be falling, but there will be some on the ground.
Most of the model data suggests that Wednesday evening into Thursday morning we could see widespread snowfall amounts ranging from 1-2" in the valleys and 2-3" in the mountains.
The biggest issue with this snow will be the Thursday morning commute. Temperatures Wednesday night into Thursday morning will drop into the mid 20s and there will some melting and refreezing of snow on untreated roadways. We will be helped, however, as temps climb into the 40s on Thursday afternoon.
Hang in there!! The weekend is on the way, and it is bringing lots of sunshine and highs in the 50s Saturday and Sunday.