An icy winter storm will continue over our southern counties this evening and overnight….on the northern edge of a very wet storm moving through the southern states. The northern edge of the precip has been stopped by very cold, dry northeast winds….but it looks as though it will make it just north of the MO/AR and KY/TN state lines before midnight….before the precipitation retreats off to the east after midnight. With warmer air aloft easing in from the south, an icy mix of snow, sleet and even freezing rain is likely in our southern counties this evening and early tonight….resulting in hazardous travel conditions and perhaps some isolated power outages. Northern counties will be breezy and very cold…but dry. By daybreak Sunday precip should be just about gone…east of the Tennessee River…but roadways could be very icy. Sunday will bring decreasing clouds and slightly more moderate temps….afternoon highs should range from the upper 30s north to mid 40s south…with less wind.
The start of next week will be quiet but cold….with the first significant system bringing a chance of a few rain showers by Wednesday afternoon. A much stronger upper trough will approach Thursday into Friday with breezy and wet conditions….rain on Thursday might actually end as a period of wet snow on Friday depending on whether the upper system cuts off into an upper low.....and exactly where this happens. A system that bears watching but is too far away to be overly concerned about at this early juncture. Otherwise, next weekend looks cool and dry.