The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Tennessee Valley and the southern Appalachians through Saturday January 7th at 10 am.
The NWS says that a winter storm will bring widespread snowfall to the region through tomorrow morning.
Light snow accumulations of half an inch to an inch will be possible across most areas as an upper level disturbance passes through this afternoon. Forecasters in Morristown predict a more significant winter storm will move in tonight, bringing significant accumulations to parts of East Tennessee and western North Carolina.
The Weather Service says that with sub-freezing temperatures expected to continue, roads and surfaces will be primed for snowfall accumulation and warn that any untreated road surfaces will likely become treacherous beginning this afternoon and through the overnight hours. Elevated surfaces are also likely to freeze and become slick. Travel is not recommended once the snow begins to fall in earnest later this afternoon.
The wintry weather, which arrived with a little more impact and a little earlier than expected this morning, forced the cancellation of classes in the Anderson County school system and to the early dismissal of students in the Clinton City and Campbell County school systems as well as dozens of others. The Anderson County government shut down at 10:00 this morning due to the inclement weather.
The weather has also led to the postponement of the Clinton at Anderson County basketball doubleheader that had been scheduled for tonight (1/6/17) until Saturday January 21st.