After a very pleasant afternoon we will see big changes coming our way for tonight and most of this week.  Old man winter is going to slide in overnight. 

Rain showers will move in after midnight.  They will be light.  Colder air will mix with the rain after 4 AM and change the rain to a bit of sleet and then snow. 

This will not be a heavy snow storm.  This type of pattern does not lead to heavy snow. 

We will probably see in the city itself between a trace and an inch.  It looks like the heaviest amounts will be in the eastern counties of east Bradley, Polk, Monroe, Fannin, Murray, Gilmer, and Cherokee NC.  West of Chattanooga will only see .5” to 1.5” depending on elevation.  Some of the higher elevations of N Georgia will see 1.5”, with the valleys less.

The most important item with this system is the cold air and the road conditions.  With rain changing over to snow, and temperatures near or below freezing for much of day on Tuesday, black ice will be a major problem, especially on secondary roads.

Lows tonight will drop into the 20’s to near 30 and afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 30’s at best.  Partly cloudy skies will be likely Wednesday with lows in the upper teens Wednesday morning.  And highs in the low to mid 30’s.  Dry weather will continue Thursday with lows in the teens and highs in the mid to upper 30’s.

 Friday will be cool with highs in the 40’s with a small chance for a shower. Next weekend will be warm with highs in the mid to upper 50’s and only a small chance for a shower Sunday.

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