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Spring not here yet, winter temperatures, snow to hit region for weekend

John Thompson and Jessica Fuller • Feb 12, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Punxsutawney Phil may say spring is on its way, but the single-digit temperatures and snowfall expected this weekend say otherwise. 

After a snowy afternoon Friday, temperatures were expected to drop into the mid-teens Friday night, according to meteorologist Matt Anderson at the National Weather Service in Morristown. Saturday isn’t looking much warmer, he said, with highs not even scraping past 25 degrees. 

“Tomorrow is definitely the chilliest day we have in the forecast,” Anderson said. 

The cold day will come with a spot of sunshine, and even though Anderson said that it might not help in terms of warmth, the sunshine and the wind could help dry out the roads and keep them from getting too dangerous throughout the day. 

Sunday night is when the snow and rain start, though. 

Anderson said that Saturday night’s temperatures will roam in the single digits, and Sunday’s highs will hover right above freezing. That makes it hard to tell what kind of precipitation we should expect for Sunday, Anderson said, but it’s safe to say that it will most likely start out as snow for the first few hours.

“Temperatures are right on the verge to where you could be getting a little bit of everything,” Anderson said.

All the roads in Carter County, even the highest elevations, were reported to be in good shape on Friday afternoon.

Highway Department drivers in Roan Mountain, the head of Stoney Creek, Elk Mills and other higher elevations were reporting the roads were wet, but not frozen or icy.

The drivers said what little bit of snow was sticking to the roads in higher terrain was pushed right off with a snow blade.

Friday temperatures in most areas hovered around the freezing mark, with the higher elevations topping out at 26 degrees.

The story will be different today, as the warmest it will get at the higher elevations is 17.

The good news for Carter County Highway workers is that the cold front brings only a 20 percent chance of snow in the morning and snow is not mentioned in the forecast for the rest of the day and Sunday.

Snow is back in the forecast for Sunday night and Monday. High temperatures will rebound in the mountains to the upper 20s on Sunday and Monday. Rain is actually in the forecast for the mountains Tuesday, when highs around 36 are predicted.

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