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ACTIVE MIDWEEK…

From spring-like conditions to SN*W in 24 hours!

A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for southwest Virginia and eastern Kentucky through Thursday. Heavy rains between 1″-2″ inches are likely for many areas resulting in runoff, localized flooding is possible.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS will go into effect across eastern Kentucky from 10 PM tonight through 1 PM Thursday. Watch for the possibility of 3″ to 6″ of sleet and snow.

WINTER STORM WATCH for northeast Tennessee, including the Tri-Cities northward into much of southwest Virginia from 1 AM to 4 PM Thursday. Tracking the possibility of freezing rain and sleet, tapering off as light snow before ending during the afternoon hours.

Today: Mainly overcast skies along with a warm, southwesterly breeze will help boost temperatures well into the 60’s for most locations. Rainfall could be locally heavy at times, if you come to a flooded roadway; turn around don’t drown.

Tonight: Rain, locally heavy with a few embedded storms, mainly during the evening hours. During the early morning hours of your Thursday rain will begin to mix with and change over to sleet and freezing rain. Lows will fall sharply near the freezing mark.

Thursday: Sleet and freezing rain will cause travel headaches during the morning hours. Some locations could pick up over a quarter of an inch of ice. Sleet will pile up on top of that freezing rain before tapering off as snow during the afternoon hours. The high and low temperature won’t vary too much as they’ll both be in the upper 20’s to middle 30’s, depending on your elevation. If you plan on traveling westbound from the Cumberland Plateau northward into Eastern Kentucky you will find significant ice and snow accumulations. The icy layer underneath the snowfall will make for a tricky travel day. Hazardous conditions expected into Thursday night as temperatures continue to drop off into the single digits and lower teens as Arctic air grips the area.

Friday into the Weekend: Clearing skies, but still plenty cold for your TGIF. Highs in the 30’s to lower 40’s. Saturday and Sunday let the temperature rebound begin! Pleasantly fair with passing clouds and highs seasonably mild by Sunday into the early next week in the 50’s.

**SPRING FORWARD** Don’t Forget! We’ll set those clocks FORWARD one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Also, this is a great opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Enjoy the warmth for now, and keep the rain gear and perhaps shovel near-by.
The March Madness Weather looks to calm down early next week, before more showers and storms move in later into the week.

Stay tuned for the latest forecast updates!

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Joe Reedy
Chief Meteorologist
ABC 19 News