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Northeast Tennessee braces for winter storm, ice expected

Staff Reports • Jan 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

A winter storm watch has been issued for Northeast Tennessee, and a wintry mix of ice and freezing rain are predicted for early Friday morning and throughout the day, making road conditions slippery and possibly dangerous for drivers.

Meteorologist Jessica Winton with the National Weather Service in Morristown said Thursday that precipitation in the Tri-Cities area was expected to begin around 7-8 a.m. Friday, with most of it consisting of freezing rain with sleet and snow mixed in.

Friday temperatures are expected to peak at 33 degrees and will steadily drop to below freezing for Friday night, which could result in a quarter of an inch of ice on area roads throughout the region.

Because of the potential treacherous road conditions early Friday morning, motorists are asked to stay off the roads if possible, or to drive with extreme caution if they do venture outside.

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