Statement as of 6:07 AM CST on December 04, 2013
... Sleet and freezing rain likely in middle Tennessee this
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.
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. Freezing temperatures will
invade the northwestern counties by afternoon... and will likely
reach the Nashville Metro area by early 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... including
the Nashville Metro area. 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... around
Clarksville... .where ice accumulations around one half inch are
Even though some snow could mix in with the sleet and freezing
rain over northwestern areas Friday... it now looks like the snow
will be less of a threat than ice.
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. Parts of the area... especially
the Highland Rim and northwestern counties... will probably see
freezing temperatures throughout the day on Saturday. Therefore...
little if any of the ice that accumulates Friday night will melt
before the next batch of ice arrives Saturday night. This could be
especially troublesome where freezing rain occurs... and the
coating of ice on trees and power lines thickens further.
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.