KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Some higher elevations near the Smoky Mountains could see a bit of snow this weekend. Full forecast. Some schools are canceling classes due to the expected weather. We’ve got a list here.
A front is expected to move across the region Thursday bringing strong storms, according to the WATE 6 Storm Team. By Friday, it will be breezy and much colder with light snow showers or flurries.
In the Smokies, a winter storm warning goes into effect at midnight through 7 a.m. for the highest portions of Blount, Sevier and Cocke counties and for southeast Greene and Monroe counties. Current watches and warnings.
The best chance for accumulation is in the higher elevation areas such as the Plateau, southeast Kentucky and in the Smokies. Most areas in the Valley will be above freezing throughout the day so accumulation isn’t likely.
Snow accumulation estimates
As of Wednesday, WATE 6 Storm Team believe snow totals for this event from Friday morning through Saturday morning could look like this:
- Plateau: Less Than 1″ (isolated 1″+ totals for highest elevations)
- S.E. Kentucky: Less Than 1″ (isolated 1″+ totals for highest elevations)
- Northern/Central/Southern Valley: Dusting to None for most (isolated 1″+ totals)
- Foothills of the Smokies: around 1″ (lower elevations up to 1,500 feet)
- 1″-2″+ (higher elevations 1,000-2,000 feet)
- 2″-4″+ (elevations 2,000-3,500 feet)
- Smokies (Above 3,500 feet): 4″-8″+ with some totals near 1 foot closer to elevations of 6,000 feet
Saturday looks drier but still chilly. Highs will only be near 40°, even after the morning clouds thin out to some afternoon sun. See the 7-day forecast.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with the latest WATE 6 Storm Team forecast.