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Rain late Thursday to spotty mountain snow early Friday

Meteorologist Ben Cathey watches a First Alert for Sunday, with a blend of heavy rain, some pockets of heavy snow, and colder temps.
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 2:51 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:09 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - There is a chance for some spotty rain to snow late Thursday into Friday. A WVLT First Alert Weather Day has been issued for Sunday as a better chance for rain to snow arrives. That system is likely to cause travel inconvenience across the whole Southeast, at a whopping 1,000 miles wide, and 500 miles tall!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Clouds increase tonight which will allow temperatures to only drop near 32 degrees by Thursday morning. Point is: we’re not as cold but wake up to a thin gauze of gray skies with clouds rolling in.

We’ll stay mild Thursday with a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy view. Rain showers are spotty Thursday afternoon and become scattered by the evening. The higher elevations outlining the valley see spotty light snow showers. Several inches of snow can accumulate at the tops of the Smoky Mountains through Friday morning.

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday stays mostly cloudy, with a high around 43 degrees.

We issued a WVLT First Alert Weather Day for rain to snow this arriving this weekend. The alert stars overnight Saturday and runs all day Sunday. As of now, we’re seeing scattered rain showers moving in late Saturday, which turns to snowfall in the higher elevations. Then we’ll continue with some rain to snow showers Sunday, with a high around 37 degrees creating a fine line of rain to sleet and snow.

We’re looking at the potential for light to moderate snow showers Sunday afternoon to evening, but that does leave some gaps in the snowfall. Then the best chance for accumulating snow is aimed at far SE KY and the Smoky Mountains. We’ll keep you updated, as this system is just coming ashore near Seattle and Vancouver. The track is certain to vary and there’s a broad range on where the heaviest snow could fall. One note: the snow in far western North Carolina *does* look to be heavier, since there’s an upsloping wind. Travel to and from NC could be tougher Sunday into Monday.

Snowfall impacts for Sunday
Snowfall impacts for Sunday(WVLT)

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