Winter Weather in Forecast

A winter storm is expected to arrive this weekend in middle Tennessee, especially over northwestern areas. Right now, it looks like the main weather threat will be freezing rain and sleet, rather than snow. Also right now, it looks like Rutherford County could be the dividing line between freezing rain and regular rain.

As Arctic air plunges into middle Tennessee late this week and over the weekend, you can expect temperatures to turn much colder. In addition, it looks like a wintry mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain will overspread much of the area Friday and Friday night. The wintry mix will begin over the northwest, around Clarksville, early Friday, then spread over about the northwest half of the mid state by sunset. This includes part or all of Rutherford County by Friday night.

As the sleet and freezing rain continues Friday night, you can expect some icing problems to develop, especially in areas north of a line from Lawrenceburg, to Smyrna, to Lafayette. In addition to slick highways, some areas could see enough freezing rain to produce damage to trees
and power lines, especially over the extreme northwest, where ice accumulations around one half inch are possible.

Another episode of sleet and freezing rain is expected over about the northwest half of middle Tennessee Saturday night and Sunday morning. Ice accumulations between one quarter and one half inch will once again be possible.

It is certainly possible that areas that get freezing rain this weekend could end up with damage to trees and power lines, especially in places that see the freezing rain two nights in a row.

Anyone planning travel across the mid state this upcoming weekend should remain alert to any changes in the forecast.

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