Statement as of 3:30 AM CDT on March 11, 2014
... Wintry conditions returning Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday
... Strong and gusty winds Wednesday and Wednesday night...
A strong cold front will move across the southern Appalachians
Wednesday pulling much colder air and windy conditions into the
region. A few thunderstorms may accompany the front as it quickly
moves east across the area Wednesday morning. Highs Wednesday...
between the upper 50s and middle 60s... will occur in the morning
hours... then plummet into the 30s and 40s during the afternoon and
Strong and gusty westerly winds between 20 and 30 mph will develop
Wednesday with gusts up to 45 mph possible. The gusty winds will
continue into Wednesday evening.
The return of colder air will change the rain to snow showers over
the higher elevations Wednesday... generally at or above 2500 feet.
Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible over the far
eastern Tennessee mountains and mountains of southwest Virginia
Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.
Flurries or light snow showers will be possible across the rest of
the area late Wednesday afternoon and evening... but little to no
accumulation is expected.
Lows Wednesday night will drop into the teens across southwest
Virginia and mountains... to the 20s across the Tennessee Valley and
southwest North Carolina. Highs Thursday will struggle to climb
into the 30s across southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee to
the lower and middle 40s over southeast Tennessee.
Please stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for
further details or updates.