Today's Weather Discussion: Icy Tonight
Wednesday, Dec. 15:
Quick update this afternoon as I just got back in from a shot around South Fulton, TN. SEMO & NW TN were the first locations to see freezing rain and drizzle arrive, with numerous reports of minor traffic accidents, and slick overpasses and bridges. I spoke with the Obion Co. Sheriff's Dept. early, who told me that several fender-benders occurred there in the southwestern part of the county, near Obion, Troy, and Hornbeak. Most of the icing I saw was accumulating on metal and elevated surfaces, with primary roads still in good shape. However, the main thing to keep in mind tonight is that it only takes a tiny bit of ice accumulation to cause big problems on roads. As things get going tonight, slick spots on roadways will begin to form on bridges and overpasses, and will be difficult to see since the roads will just look wet. Your best bet is just to stay inside tonight if possible, as conditions will be improving tomorrow.
A quick forecast update.....first, for the latest on the Winter Weather Advisory and tonight's situation, click here to check out our top story from our webchannel.
Tonight's precipitation is out ahead of a warm front, that while it will not actually push through the area, it will bring some slightly milder air in overnight and into tomorrow morning, so we expect temperatures to warm by about 3-5 degrees after midnight, which will push the freezing line to around the Ohio River by midnight, and up to around Route 13 by Thursday morning....where freezing rain will hang around the longest. We'll continue with our forecast of around 0.1" of ice accumulation south of Route 13, and up to 0.2" north of there. Precip winds down by mid morning Thursday, and temperatures will hold fairly steady in the low to mid 30's during the afternoon. Thinking that most of us south of Route 13 will stay above tomorrow, which will lead to an improvement in conditions.
Beyond this event, things look quite a bit calmer through the next week or so. With all of our attention on this current event, I haven't had a ton of time to dig deep into info for the next week, but it looks like high pressure will slide this way, keeping things dry into the weekend. A couple of mid-level disturbances will keep clouds around at times, and our pattern of cold weather will continue to keep us shivering. More on the forecast tomorrow. Stay safe out there tonight.