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1-3 inches of snow forecast for region

Rex Barber • Dec 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Christmas was not white in Northeast Tennessee but people may wake up this morning to a little snow, depending on location.

Snowfall was predicted to reach between one and three inches in parts of this region by this morning, according to National Weather Service in Morristown meteorologist Jessica Winton.

“We certainly don’t anticipate this to be a significant snowfall event,” Winton said.

The high on Wednesday was just below 50 degrees, but that fell to around 34 degrees by 8 p.m. Wednesday. By mid-afternoon Wednesday snow was reported to be falling in Nashville, though it was not sticking.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday a major storm that blanketed much of the middle of the nation with snow created potentially damaging high winds between 30 and 40 mph in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on Wednesday as it moved across the country.

Winton said that snow falling in the middle of the state would make its way to Northeast Tennessee. Winton said a snow/rain mix would likely begin falling around 8 p.m. in the region and solid snowfall would begin sometime after that and continue until around 1 a.m.

The low overnight was predicted to hit 27. The high today will be 38.

Snow in the higher elevations of Johnson and Carter and Unicoi counties could be as much as three inches. These counties were under a winter weather advisory until around 7 this morning.

Winton said about an 1 1/2 to 2 inches could accumulate in parts of Washington County. Lower elevations will likely see less than an inch of snow. In fact, the Weather Service was predicting less than half an inch for Sullivan County.

Areas of Southwest Virginia were under a winter weather advisory until this morning, too.

According to the Weather Service, snow could continue until around 11 a.m. today. Winton said clearing would likely begin around daybreak and last until Friday evening, when rain could return.

Snow could return again Saturday.

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