Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Temps Plunge As Winter Weather Moves Through Middle Tennessee

Temps Plunge As Winter Weather Moves Through Middle Tennessee

Very mild with dense fog continuing.

In some higher elevations, rain is expected to change to snow Friday night, including a period of freezing rain or sleet. Spotty showers of freezing rain and freezing drizzle may lead to a tenth of an inch of ice to accumulate, plus with rapidly falling temps, a flash freeze is expected and all the soggy areas will turn to ice as well.

But he says there won't be enough ice to cause widespread power outages.

Drivers and residents should watch for sudden rises and flooded areas.

Experts said it's also a good idea to speak with insurance companies about potential claims in the event of a flood.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged New York residents to exercise caution when traveling this weekend due to the various hazards offered by the weather and resultant flood conditions affecting roadways throughout the state.

"We're going to see a real, real sharp temperature drop coming in toward the tail end of the evening rush hour for Chicago", said Edward Fenelon, a meteorologist for the weather service. In addition, driving conditions after the rain stops are expected to be hard, as temperatures are expected to drop once again come late Saturday/earlySunday, resulting in flooded streets becoming encrusted with heavy patches of ice.

Then it's back to frigid temperatures on Sunday, with lows around zero and highs around 15 degrees, Thompson said. So the combination of the warmth and the amount of rainfall, flooding and ice jams are a big concern. The steady rain begins to move into the area after Midnight and will pick up in intensitiy throughout the day on Friday. With a brisk south wind, moisture is being pumped into the region.

Rain is likely Friday, too, with a chance of thunderstorms after 4 p.m., according to the weather service.

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