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February 1, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

February 1, 2018

Rain has arrived in the Tri-Cities, and a cold front is not far behind. Not far behind that is snow, which will start happening late evening. That  could cause issues driving by around 10 PM through the overnight hours in spots. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Monday!

Snow is as close as Mount Vernon, Kentucky, right now, which isn’t all that far from London. And since you can get to London in a few hours, we’re not talking long before the snow falls here. It’s definitely advised to be wherever you need to be by midnight, that’s for sure. Here’s the forecast through Monday, snow totals included:

  • Tonight-Rain changes to snow. 1-2″ of snow are possible in the Tri-Cities, from there up to 5″ in the higher elevations. Low 23.
  • Friday-Morning flurries, then becoming partly cloudy. High 32.
  • Friday night-Partly cloudy and cold. Low 13.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly cloudy. High 43.
  • Sunday-Light morning snow mixes with and changes to rain. High 42. Maybe 1″ of snow possible in the Tri-Cities.
  • Monday-Mostly cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers. Highs near 40.

There’s a lot to unpack with this situation, starting with what we know now. The first snow total report I’ve seen is half an inch in southern Indiana. That doesn’t exactly jive with the forecast just yet, but more moisture is available this far south, which changes things somewhat.

Rain is around right now, that will change to snow overnight thanks to the cold front moving through. There is rain behind the front, but that is changing to snow. We’ll see snow showers late this evening through the early morning. It should all amount to an inch or two of snow in the Tri-Cities at best by tomorrow morning. It is possible that folks in Southwest Virginia could get amounts between 2 and five inches, though.

The big deal is road conditions. It appears that the heaviest of the snowfall will be after 10 PM tonight, going into the early morning. Hence the idea above that anyone who is out get in by midnight for safety’s sake. The sooner the better, honestly!

The snow tapers off to flurries by morning, and we’ll see the flurries around possibly into the early afternoon. Clouds will start to partially decrease tomorrow afternoon, but it’ll be a cold day. Tomorrow night’s temperature will sink into the teens.

Saturday looks dry until evening, when snow chances return. Sunday will start with snow showers, but that will transition early Sunday morning to ice and then to rain. For areas west of the Tri-Cities, there’s a decent chance of ice accumulation for folks in Hawkins, Scott, and Lee Counties. Power outages could be possible if those areas get past a quarter of an inch of ice, and there’s an outside chance of that.

For the rest of us, the more rain and ice there is, the less snow there will be. So right now, I’m putting snow amounts Saturday night and Sunday at around one inch…with locally higher amounts in the mountains. Once this front gets through, I’ll be able to have a better idea about the second one.

That forecast comes tomorrow afternoon, as soon as I can get to it! It’ll hopefully be posted early in the afternoon if I can. Have a great (and safe) Friday!

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