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Rainy to wintry system moving through today, First Alert until Monday morning

Chief Meteorologist Heather Haley says to expect a messy day Sunday as rain, sleet, and snow move through and change types at times.
Evening snowfall peaks with 80% coverage.
Evening snowfall peaks with 80% coverage.(WVLT)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 5:57 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2022 at 11:39 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The rest of Sunday comes with more rain to sleet and snow at times, as temperatures drop.

First Alert Weather Day Sunday

Are you hoping for snow? Some have seen it fall, parts of our area have seen snow stick, BUT many of you are waiting for that change from rain. Chief Meteorologist Heather Haley has the latest on when you could see it snow in your area.

Posted by WVLT on Sunday, January 16, 2022

WHAT TO EXPECT

Sunday in the Valley temperatures are in the mid to upper 30s most of the day. Meanwhile the Smokies stay cold enough for all snow, but the Plateau across the Tennessee, Kentucky line can have a back and forth of rain, sleet, and snow all day today. It feels colder, thanks to that wind! While we have some pauses in the precipitation, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s over. The last wave of rain to sleet and snow moves through the rest of today, moving down temperatures.

That’s why this snowfall potential is the total for the “event” by Monday morning.

Snowfall potential through Sunday night
Snowfall potential through Sunday night(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. Also, this is a regional system with bands of rain to snow impacting half a dozen states at the same time.

LOOKING AHEAD

By Monday morning, patchy ice is a concern no matter how much snow you have on the ground, as temperatures drop to around 26 degrees..

Martin Luther King Junior Day (Monday) will be very chilly. You can expect temperatures near freezing or below for much of the parade in Knoxville. We could still see some light flurries and snow showers throughout the morning on Monday. Clouds look to stick around as well with highs near 36 degrees.

Sunshine finally returns on Tuesday. We will be really chilly Tuesday morning with some in the teens, but warm back up into the 40s by the afternoon hours.

Another front arrives Wednesday bringing us some rain and potentially a rain/snow mix overnight into early Thursday. It looks like that front could really cool us off Friday into Saturday.

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Saturday evening's First Alert 8-day planner
Saturday evening's First Alert 8-day planner(WVLT)

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