Lee Blue spreads salt along snow-dusted sidewalks adjacent to Robinson Animal Hospital as temperatures were in the low teens on Wednesday morning. (Sam Watson/Johnson City Press)
Tri-Cities residents awoke to frigid conditions this morning along with fine powdery snow on streets and sidewalks.
As it turned out, most of the Tri-Cities region was spared - or shorted, some may think - in the snowfall department. It left some people asking, 'Snow? What snow?'
Accumulation around the area by Wednesday morning ranged from a half-inch in Jonesborough to six inches on Roan Mountain. Bristol, Va. recorded two and a half inches, Mountain City had two inches and Laurel Bloomery in Johnson County had four inches. Further south, Gatlinburg had six inches recorded as of Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service Meterologist Sam Roberts said the low temperature recorded at Tri-Cities Airport was 9 degrees and today’s high is in the mid 20s.
“Thursday will be our worst day with a high of 19 and a low that night of 6 degrees,” he said. The warming trend will then start as Friday should see a high around 26 and a nighttime low of 12.
By Saturday, the area temperature will finally get above freezing, with a temperature around 35.
He said winter weather and wind chill advisories were in effect through this morning. The strongest winds, O’Neill said, were already blowing through Johnson City on Tuesday. Gusts would hit the upper-20 mph mark before calming to around 8 mph through the start of the weekend.
“The temperatures are going to continue to plummet,” O’Neill said. “The wind chills are going to be a problem.”
O’Neill said with the wind chill, temperatures should drop just below zero. The NWS website said Tuesday was the 29th anniversary of the coldest recorded temperature in the Tri-Cities, 21 degrees below zero in 1985.Related article — The freeze is on: Wind chills to be near zero for few days; UPDATE: JC schools closed