Thursday, January 12, 2012
As expected, Cookeville and surrounding locations in Middle Tennessee are under the WWA for today and tonight. Rain showers likely before noon with rain mixing with snow changing to all snow by later in the afternoon. Temperatures will fall to around freezing (32°) by 5 o'clock. Blustery winds from 10 to 15 mph gusting to 25 mph today. Rain/Snow chances are 80% and I do expect snow accumulations before dark.
Tonight, snow continuing with total accumulations in the 1 to 3 inch range by midnight. Some areas may see up to 4" before it's done, but that would be in the remote, higher and northern elevations of the Cumberland Plateau. Here in Cookeville, snow accumulation totals will range from 1 to 2 inches. Lows by morning around 20°.
Driving conditions may become hazardous, especially later this afternoon and into the evening and overnight hours as temperatures will fall through the 20's. There is no chance of melting overnight with these very cold temperatures. Also, BE PREPARED as you go outdoors or travel. With gust west winds to 25°, wind chill factors will be down in the 10° range.
Finally, I do expect if this weather system plays out as we anticipate that you'll see a list of school closings for Friday. Stay tuned!