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Winter storm watch in effect for area

Winter storm watch in effect for area

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 9:03 pm

 It’s the calm — and the cold — before the storm. A winter storm watch has been put into effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon for Obion County and northwest Tennessee — with the chance of snow now forecast at 100 percent Wednesday night. Bitterly cold temperatures continue, with today’s highs expected to reach only the mid-20s, accompanied by winds of 5 to 10 mph and wind chill readings as low as 5 below to 0 during morning hours. Lows are expected to drop down to around 10 degrees tonight, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Wednesday is forecast to start with partly sunny skies in the morning that will give way to mostly cloudy skies as the day progresses. Highs are expected to reach the lower 30s. Wednesday night’s conditions will be not as cold but will include a chance of snow in the evening, then snow after midnight, with light snow accumulations possible. Lows are forecast to be in the mid-20s and the chance of snow is 100 percent. According to the forecast, Thursday will be windy and mostly cloudy with snow in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of snow in the afternoon and areas of blowing snow throughout the day. Light snow accumulations are possible and highs are expected to reach the mid-20s before falling into the upper teens in the afternoon. Accumulations of 2-4 inches are expected over West Tennessee and Middle Tennessee, with the heavier amounts closer to the Kentucky border. In East Tennessee, a winter weather advisory was in effect until noon today, then more snow is forecast for Thursday, but accumulations are expected to be light, the Associated Press reported. Many local roads have already been pre-treated in anticipation of the wintry weather and local residents are frequenting grocery stores to stock up on necessities for the next several days. Across the state The Tennessee Depart-ment of Transportation reported patches of snow and ice on roads in the Tri-Cities area this morning, but the greater concern was widespread snowfall expected Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the Associated Press. The National Weather Service said accumulating snow at midweek would be followed by an Arctic outbreak of bitterly cold air that will produce the coldest weather of the winter so far. The Associated Press reported at least four deaths across Tennessee have been tied to bitterly cold weather. In Memphis, The Commercial Appeal reported a spokesman for Shelby County chief medical examiner Dr. Karen E. Chancellor said it appears hypothermia or hypothermia-related conditions caused the deaths of three men. The death of 51-year-old Daniel Joseph Foust of Franklin, Ohio, was attributed to hypothermia. His body was found lying next to a railroad track in Bartlett Sunday morning. Authorities haven’t released the names of two other people found dead. One was a 55-year-old man whose body was found in Memorial Park and the other was a 68-year-old man found dead in his home. Authorities said the utilities were on, but the victim did not have the heat turned on. In Nashville, 81-year-old John Anderson, who police said had Alzheimer’s disease, froze to death in his yard. His body was found Monday morning after he wandered outside during the night. Frigid temperatures and some snow showers have delayed public school classes in the uplands of East Tennessee. On the Cumberland Plateau, Fentress County opened one hour late Monday, while neighboring Pickett County delayed the beginning of classes two hours. Campbell and Scott counties, which border Kentucky, scheduled a two-hour delay to begin the school day. Sevier County, in the Smoky Mountains foothills, also pushed back classes two hours. Published in The Messenger 1.5.10

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