Light scattered rain will move through today

The First Alert Weather Day begins very early Sunday morning.
The First Alert Weather Day begins very early Sunday morning.
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 6:48 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2022 at 4:06 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - We’ve got batches of light rain that will move through during the day today and become more widespread as we go into the overnight hours.

National Weather Service officials issued a winter weather advisory for several East Tennessee counties, including Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and parts of Greene.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Saturday we’ll have mostly cloudy skies with the light rain. Our high on Saturday will be near 45 in Knoxville to 41 in Crossville.

The day to watch is Sunday as that is our next First Alert Weather Day. There could be some brief sticking of snow on the Cumberland Plateau, but much of that will melt off later in the day. Sticking will begin early Sunday only in the Smoky Mountains.

Throughout the day in the Tennessee River Valley temperatures will be a couple degrees above freezing. We will have a near constant slushy mess of sleet, rain, and melty snow.

Cold air returns to the storm later Sunday - so sticking will begin for many after dusk Sunday night.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: do not wake up Sunday expecting a winter wonderland of sticking snow. Snow will not stick for most until later in the evening, largely after dark.

The best way to see your town’s snow totals is to consult the map below.

Snow impacts Saturday into Sunday evening.
Snow impacts Saturday into Sunday evening.(WVLT)

If you’re wondering whether to travel Sunday, traffic is likely to be slowed off and on. This is all dependent on how comfortable you feel driving in snow and sleet.

Note: the freezing rain threat is relatively small. It’s certainly much much lower than the piedmonts of the Carolina’s.

As we wrote above, snow will begin to stick and roads may become slippery late Sunday night. Expect higher impacts to driving west and east of our region.

LOOKING AHEAD

Martin Luther King Junior Day (Monday) will be very chilly. You can expect temperatures near freezing or below for much of the parade route. We are drying out though, after early morning snowfall in the Smoky Mountains. Through the mountain passes going north east or west of the valley, you can expect to see some level of light to moderate driving impact.

Sunglass is the bigger issue later Monday and throughout the day on Tuesday. We will be really chilly Tuesday morning with some in the teens. Wednesday afternoon evening and overnight bring some pockets of heavy rainfall. This is the second front of the week. That cold blast drops his back to the teens Friday and Saturday morning of next week.

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First Alert Weather Day on Sunday for a transition from rain to snow.
First Alert Weather Day on Sunday for a transition from rain to snow.(WVLT)

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