A potentially dangerous winter storm will likely impact north middle Tennessee Friday and Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. which has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Friday. Conditions are coming together for a winter storm that will impact the region, bringing ample rainfall as part of the total package.
Cold air surging in behind the weather front will change rain to freezing rain and sleet across northern middle Tennessee during the mid-morning hours on Friday. As surface temperatures cool, some sleet and ice accumulations will be likely by Friday evening. Snow and freezing drizzle may mix in at the tail end of phase one of this storm.
The Winter Storm Watch is primarily for ice and sleet accumulations from 9 a.m. through Midnight on Friday. Hazardous travel is expected with ice accumulations of up to 1/2 inch and snow or sleet accumulations of up to one inch and the potential for power outages and tree damage.
In addition, prolongued period of heavy precipitation including rain, freezing rain and sleetthrough Monday morning will produce widespread 2-4 inches of rain with locally higher amounts of 5-6 inches of rain possible. This wil likely pose a river flooding threat toward the end of the weekend.
Emergency management staff is preparing for the possibility of treacherous conditions and flooding. The Red Cross is also ready to open emergency shelters if needed.