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More precipitation than usual projected for winter

Staff Report • Dec 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

NASHVILLE (AP) — The weather outlook for winter shows wetter than normal conditions are projected for Tennessee and Kentucky.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center expects above normal precipitation now through the end of March across both states.

Wetter often means snowier during winter months, but it could also mean ice, freezing rain, sleet or just cold rain.

Up on the Cumberland Plateau, near the Kentucky border, Fentress County school superintendent Mike Jones worries about lost school days if it snows. His rural Appalachian county usually loses two weeks per year to snow, but lost 20 days during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Whether the extra precipitation falls as cold rain, snow, sleet or freezing rain won't be known until shortly before it hits.

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