It’s Easter weekend and up to 3 inches of snow is possible by late Saturday in the highest areas of the Smokies. Snow could cover grass, cars and rooftops on the Plateau. And even in the Valley, it will feel like October.
A slow moving area of low pressure that brought scattered showers and some storms to the region Thursday night through Friday will continue to spin across Eastern Kentucky through Saturday. (Latest forecast information.)
WEATHER CAM: Mount LeConte
This will help pull some colder air back down into the region and continue to produce breezy conditions, some scattered rain showers and even some snow at times for portions of the Plateau and Smokies late tonight into Saturday.
We will remain Weather AWARE through Saturday as scattered rain showers and even a few rumbles linger tonight before some colder air funnels in overnight.
WEATHER CAM: Fairfield Glade
The winds will also pick back up across the region later tonight making it feel more like fall. Low temperatures will fall off into the mid-30s to lower 40s area-wide overnight and around sunrise the scattered light rain showers could mix with some snow along the higher ridge tops of the Plateau.
Ground temperatures are still quite warm and air temperatures for most along the Plateau won’t get below freezing at any point, but some slushy, light accumulations of grassy surfaces, car tops, and rooftops cannot be ruled out.
Temperatures in the Smokies, mainly above 4,000 feet, look to be at or below freezing from late tonight through most of the day Saturday so any snow that falls could accumulate.
Some 1-3 inch totals seem reasonable with some higher totals for Mt. LeConte and Clingmans Dome.
The High on LeConte blog said 1.35 inches of rain was recorded on the mountain Thursday night and it was continuing to rain Friday. Lows in the upper 20s were expected for Friday night.
Meanwhile, we will see mostly rain for Valley locations, but a wet snowflake could mix in at times early in the morning with NO accumulations anticipated.