Br-r-r! Frozen precipitation in the forecast
By: John Brannon Messenger Staff Reporter
By JOHN BRANNON
Messenger Staff Reporter
Northwest Tennessee can expect “periods of rain and, if not rain, some frozen precipitation” tonight and early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis.
“Also, more chances of the frozen stuff, a little mixed precipitation, Friday and Saturday. But at least the temperatures will moderate into the 40s and 50s and lows in the 30s,” said meteorologist Marlene Mickelson.
“This morning will be the last of it for a short period. We had single-digit temperatures around Lexington and Milan. Most everywhere else had temperatures about five degrees warmer — upper teens and 20s.”
The current blast of arctic-like weather, without ice and snow, was brought on by cold front after cold front, “and the high pressure behind it has been cold arctic high pressure.”
“The fronts moved through and high pressure is coming through. That’s what brought the arctic air down and dropped temperatures,” she said. “It started Friday and will continue right through Tuesday. Then it’s going to moderate a little. There’ll be a south wind starting tonight. But it’s still going to be well below normal through Tuesday and into Wednesday.
“Our highs are going to be cold, right through the week. It won’t be any of this single-digit stuff, but in the 30s for a high and lows around 20. It’s going to be this weekend before temperatures get back to normal, highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.
She said the best chance for freezing rain or snow or sleet will be late tonight and early Tuesday morning. “It’s just cold, a lot colder system than what we’re used to,” she said.