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Watches & Warnings

Special Statement
Issued: 2:42 PM CST Jan. 18, 2019 – National Weather Service

... High Wind Warning and advisory for the far east Tennessee and
southwest Virginia Mountains and adjacent foothills for
Saturday...
... Line of showers and possible thunderstorms late Saturday
afternoon and evening producing gusty winds and heavy rain...
... Rain changing to snow area-wide with snow accumulations over
the higher elevations...

A strong low pressure system will affect the area Saturday and
Sunday. Ahead of this system, high winds are expected Saturday
across the mountains and foothills. Southerly winds of 25 to 40
mph with gusts up to 65 mph in the Smoky Mountains, and 15 to 30
mph with gusts to 45 mph over northeast Tennessee and southwest
Virginia Mountains.

Showers and a chance of late afternoon and evening thunderstorms
Saturday. Main concern from these storms will be heavy rain and
strong and gusty winds. Due to the wet ground, the strong winds
may down trees producing isolated power outages. Besides the
strong winds, the heavy rain may produce ponding of low-lying
areas, near bankfull streams, and localized roadway flooding.

Much colder air will build into the area late Saturday night and
Sunday, changing the rain to snow. Light snow accumulations of 1
to 3 inches are expected over the far eastern Tennessee and
southwest Virginia Mountains. Snowfall of 1/2 to 1 inch are
possible across the plateau counties and lower elevations of
southwest Virginia.

Bitterly cold temperatures and brisk northwest winds may produce
low wind chill values on Sunday night and Monday morning, mainly
in the higher terrain.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for
further details or updates.


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