The conference call with the National Weather Service has concluded. Here are the highlights:
– Frozen precip accumulations expected across the area, beginning Friday into early Saturday morning.
– Could see some significant rains into Sunday
– Light snow will begin to develop before daybreak across W TN and will spread eastward through the morning.
– The snow will begin impacting the I-65 corridor sometime in the morning and the Plateau later on in the afternoon.
– Most areas will see snow for several hours, then a transition to some sleet, then a transition to freezing rain.
– We’re expecting 1-2″ of sleet/snow.
– The southwest counties will see a transition to ZR (freezing rain) early Friday evening.
– Friday night, warm air advection (WAA) screams in which is fueling the precip transition(s).
– The southwestern counties should be all rain by late Friday night.
– Areas north of I-40 and east of I-65 will stand the greatest shot at “significant” ZR accumulations.
– Winds will begin to pick up in earnest, especially across the higher elevations, with wind gusts 30-40mph not out of the question. This will enhance the possibility of power outages.’
– By Saturday, everyone west of the Plateau should be all rain. The Plateau will make the final transition to an all-rain event by late morning Saturday.
– Forecast highs Saturday will be in the 40s, which will serve to help thaw the frozen wasteland. We’re expecting 1-2″ of rain by Sunday, so there could be some minor flooding.
– Another front comes in Monday morning changing whatever leftover liquid precip there is to frozen. Not expecting that to be a big deal.
Take the time now to prepare for this impactful event. Power outages are possible, but should be short-lived as the ZR changes to RN. Keep tuned in to multiple reliable weather sources, as conditions could rapidly change.