February 11 Forecast: Snow is on the way
A pretty nasty storm system is getting ready to move through the South, bringing some pretty frightening ice storm issues along with lots of snow. How much we get here in the Tri-Cities completely depends on the storm’s track. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!
The weather today was beautiful, as we were able to see sunshine a lot more than I originally thought! We might as well call it the calm before the storm, as clouds will start to gather above us again overnight tonight. Look for our lows to drop to around 21 degrees.
The storm system that is on its way (and no, I don’t give it a name!) will start to bring snow to us tomorrow. This thing is very reminiscent of the 1993 storm that brought so much snow to pretty much the same area. This one isn’t as strong, though, and the heaviest precipitation will be a little farther east and be a little less this time around.
So, tomorrow the snow will start to develop late in the morning. From then on, we’ll see snow through the rest of the day, Wednesday night, and into early afternoon Thursday. Tomorrow’s high will be near 35, with lows tomorrow night around 27. We might get up to 37 degrees for Thursday.
When all of this is said and done, we’ll have decent accumulation for all of the Tri-Cities, but by far the most will happen the farther east you are. Therefore, the forecast is elevation based, but also geographical as well. Through Thursday:
NC/TN mountains: 10 inches to a foot of snow possible, perhaps more in the higher peaks.
Tri-Cities: 3-6 inches possible, maybe up to 8 inches the closer to the mountains you go.
West of the Tri-Cities: 2-5 inches, with higher spots toward the top part of the scale.
I think there’s an outside chance of a few power outages here and there, but the main thing is that it won’t be easy to travel. Plan to be where you need to be Wednesday night by about 6pm or so, as travel will likely be treacherous by then. Also be advised that Thursday morning will be rough, and it might not be possible to get to work. Be sure to keep your employers in the loop if it is difficult to get on the roads if it snows where you live due to hills or curves in the road or anything like that.
By Thursday night, all of the falling snow will move out, and then on Friday we should see a bit of sunshine amidst the clouds, with sprinkles or snow flurries possible. Highs may get up to around 39. I will likely adjust that number down, because the snow or more clouds might reduce what little heat from the sun we get on Thursday.
We could see a little light rain or snow on Friday and Friday night before we get a partly sunny day on Saturday. More rain or snow is possible Saturday night and into Sunday. It doesn’t look like much right now, but we’ll see what it looks like after this storm moves on.
Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I’m a little late getting this one in as advertised, due to some computer issues here at the station. Make sure you get out and get any supplies you need before tomorrow afternoon, as the weather will make driving difficult the later into the day and evening we go on Wednesday.