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Update: Rainy, snowy weather continues for region; higher elevations face significant snowfall

Staff reports • Oct 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Remnants of Superstorm Sandy were still pelting the region Tuesday morning with more snow expected to fall mainly in the higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.

NWS snowfall totals released this morning showed Mountain City receiving four inches of snow, Erwin receiving six inches and Unicoi with three inches.

The Associated Press was reporting NWS predicts continuing snow showers over the higher elevations through Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations of 6 to 24 inches are possible, mainly above 2,500 feet. Localized areas above 5,000 feet could accumulate as much as 35 inches.

Some valley locations could also receive light snowfall as well, but accumulations of only an inch or less are expected in most areas below 2,000 feet.

The weight of the snow could bring down some trees and limbs, causing power outages. The roads are expected to be slick and hazardous.

For Johnson City/Washington County, NWS was predicting snow was possible before 11 a.m. today, with rain thereafter. The chance of precipitation was 90 percent. Rain was expected to continue into tonight.

Snow showers were forecast for today in the counties of Carter, Unicoi and Johnson. Significant snowfall has already been reported in those counties.

Temperatures were not expected to get out of the 30s today, though 50s were forecast by the weekend.

Keep checking JohnsonCityPress.com for more information as it becomes available, including additional snowfall amounts.

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