|County under winter weather watch |
|Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 9:02 pm |
|Stores are stocked up on ice-melt material and sleds. |
Residents have gathered staple foods like milk and eggs.
It could be a sign of things to come.
Obion County is under a winter weather watch for Tuesday for what could turn out to be a white Christmas and several inches of snow, if forecasters are correct.
The winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through late Tuesday night, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.
Skies are expected to become mostly cloudy tonight and lows will fall into the lower 30s heading into Christmas Day. There is a slight change of showers Tuesday morning and showers likely in the afternoon, with breezy conditions and gusts to near 30 mph.
Snow is currently forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with areas of blowing snow before sunrise and heavy accumulations possible.
Meteorologist Danny Gant with the National Weather Service in Mem-phis said the change from rain to snow will likely occur in Obion County after dark Tuesday and into the early-morning hours Wednesday.
He said Obion County could see roughly four inches of snow “give or take an inch,” with areas to the northwest of the area seeing perhaps a little more.
“There are portions of northeast Arkansas that could see eight inches,” he told The Messenger this morning. “More commonly, in (Obion County), you’re looking at probably two to four inches.”
Gant said the forecast could change slightly over the next day, but forecasters are “pretty confident” there will be “significant accumulations” of snow for extreme northwest Tennessee — including Obion, Lake and portions of Dyer counties — due to a weather pattern coming from the west.
“Any change would affect the accumulation, maybe an inch more or less (than is forecast),” he said.
He said other areas around Obion County in extreme northwest Tennessee could see anywhere from a dusting to an inch of snow. Published in The Messenger 12.24.12