Children, dig out those unused sleds. A light snowfall is expected in Middle Tennessee this upcoming weekend, ending what has been a relatively snow-free winter.
A cold Canadian air mass will push into the Mid State this weekend and is expected to bring Middle Tennessee a late season snowfall.
We should start the day on Saturday with freezing temperatures, mainly in the upper 20s to lower 30s. By late morning, as temperatures warm into the middle and upper 30s, precipitation will likely start to spread in from the west…falling as a rain and snow mix over the north and as all rain across the south. By late Saturday afternoon the precipitation over the northwest, around Clarksville, may change to all snow. A change to all snow is expected in the Nashville area and along the Cumberland Plateau around sunset on Saturday, or shortly thereafter.
As Saturday night wears on, temperatures will continue to fall, as light snow spreads across other parts of northern Middle Tennessee.
A rain and snow mix over the south will probably only turn to snow briefly Saturday night, before tapering off to flurries. As a result, only a dusting of snow is expected over southern areas.
Since this weather event is still a few days away, there is still a good deal of uncertainty as to how much snow accumulation will occur. However, right now, it looks like most areas along and north of Interstate 40 will stand a chance of getting up to an inch, with the Cumberland Plateau possibly picking up around two inches.
Thanks to our recent warm weather, ground temperatures will be pretty warm this weekend. However, as temperatures drop into the middle and upper 20s Saturday night, some slick spots could develop on area roadways, especially over the north.
You should stay informed of the weather forecast this weekend and be ready to adjust your travel plans as needed, especially for Saturday night.