An all ice event is looking more and more likely across northern Middle Tennessee this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Up to six inches of rain is expected from Thursday through Monday.
Sleet and freezing rain are likely as a winter storm plunges into the midstate region by Friday. The balmy temperatures of midweek will disappear as temperatures turn much colder. Rain will turn to sleet and freezing rain as the weather overspreads much of the area early Friday. Icy problems are expected to develop especially in areas north of a line from Lawrenceburg to Smyrna to Lafayette including metro Nashville.
In addition to slick highways, some areas could enough freezing rain to damage trees and power lines, especially around Clarksville where ice accumulations of a half inch are possible. Though snow coul;d mix with the freezing rain and rain, it looks as if snow will be much less of a threat than the ice.
A second round of freezing rain and sleet is expected over northwest Middle Tennessee Saturday night into Sunday morning. Additional ice accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 inch will be possible. Because temperatures will remain at the freezing mark on Saturday, little of the ice that accumulates Friday and Friday night will melt away.
This could be extremely troublesome where freezing rain occurs and the coating of ice on trees and power lines thickens further.
Anyone planning travel through the weekend is advised to stay apprised of this forecast.
Total rainfall from Thursday through Friday is expected to reach two to three inches with locally higher amounts reaching four inches. And additional one to two inches is possible Saturday night through Monday. Total rainfall accumulations will approach six inches.
The potential persistent rainfall across the area will lead to rises in rivers and streams across the area. People in Tennessee should monitor the forecast for possible heavy rainfall and flooding.
Those with interests along the waterways should begin preparations now for the possibility of rising waters and increased flow. Now is the time to create a plan of action.