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January 12, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

January 12, 2018

It’s an interesting weather day in the state of Tennessee. While it’s fifty degrees and raining here, a couple inches of snow are on the ground west of Nashville. A cold front comes through tonight, ending the warm weather trend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Tuesday!

In Abingdon, it’s 57 degrees as of around 4 PM. It’s 54 in the Tri-Cities, 55 in Knoxville, and 45 in Oak Ridge. That’s where the cold front sits, as the temperature stands at 23 in Nashville, with some locations on the other side of the state of Tennessee reporting temperatures in the teens. That cold air and some of the snow are headed this way. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Scattered showers this evening, then snow showers after midnight. Low 28.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy and windy with scattered snow showers. High 40 around midnight.
  • Saturday night-Cloudy and cold. Low 14.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy. High 32.
  • Monday-Increasing clouds, a few flurries possible late. High 40.
  • Tuesday-Cloudy with scattered snow showers. High 33.

There is a big break in the precipitation (known in “the biz” as a dry slot) coming up I-81 this afternoon. So for much of the evening, rain will be absent except for a stray shower. By the time the next big batch of precipitation comes our way, it’ll be in the way of snow.

So, instead of going from rain to sleet to a mix of everything to snow, we’ll go from rain through early evening to nothing to snow late tonight. The cold front pushes the first batch of rain away, and that’s when we’ll see the break and then the snow.

As for accumulations, I’m not expecting too much with this. In the Tri-Cities, an inch of snow might be ambitious, but there may be a few inches in the higher elevations when it gets colder quicker.

My big concern is all the rain happening now, then cold temperatures. That could lead to slippery roads, especially late tonight through tomorrow. The dry slot may help us beat that this evening, as traffic will help dry the roads. Still, after 10 PM or so tonight, driving may get a little interesting.

We’ll have snow showers at least during the morning tomorrow, tapering off to afternoon flurries. I wrote that the high will be near 40, but that’ll happen at midnight tonight. We’ll have temperatures in the 30’s for much of Saturday.

We’ll get a dry but cold day Sunday and most of Monday before another front arrives. We’ll have some snow showers possible Monday night and into Tuesday. I’m interested in the timing of this system, because if the warm air doesn’t arrive before the front does, we might see a good chance at some snow. I’ll have updates on that Sunday night.

Keep in mind potential travel issues late tonight through Saturday morning, and the cold after that. Have a great weekend!

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