Here’s what you need to know about the Tuesday’s winter weather potential:
- It’s not much of a ‘storm.’ We don’t foresee any significant, long-lasting, widespread impacts to travel.
- A few communities in Southern Tennessee and in North Alabama may see enough snow and/or sleet to ‘whiten’ the ground with a dusting or a fraction of an inch of accumulation.
- Temperatures stay above freezing long enough that most of whatever falls will (1) melt and (2) will have a chance to be dried off by a stiff northwest wind. For those trouble spots that don’t dry or melt, some icy spots are possible Tuesday night.
- The sun comes up Wednesday at 6:43 AM. Anything that isn’t dry or melted by that point will go away quickly with full sun and dry air.
The ‘worst case’ scenario looks something like this:
Up to 1″ of snow/sleet in scattered areas that causes a slush to develop on a lot of roads. That’s the ‘worst case,’ but the odds of that happening are low.
Forecasts like these have to consider the range of possibilities because there’s never a 100% correct ‘now’ answer to a future event. So, in planning for this, plan for business as usual Wednesday morning, but understand that you may need to be a little more careful around areas that are typically wet after a heavy rain or in some of the higher elevations of Northeast Alabama and Southern Tennessee.