More snow and colder temperatures are on the way

More snow and colder temperatures are on the way

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High winds, insane amounts of snow and a blast of extreme cold fueled by a polar vortex: You can’t blame Knoxville residents for feeling like they’ve had enough of winter weather.

But we’re not out of the snowy woods yet, with the National Weather Service predicting possible flurries starting Thursday. Even if that doesn’t happen, temperatures are unlikely to rise enough this week to melt all the snow and ice already on the streets.

The Weather Service’s Morristown office expects the new system to bring light rain and a wintry mix to the area Thursday evening into Friday night. Because this system will move more quickly, less accumulations than the January 15 storm are expected.

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The mountains of East Tennessee and far Northeast Tennessee are likely to see additional snow accumulations of an inch or more, the weather service said. Knoxville has only a 21% chance of snow accumulation of more than an inch.

Driving conditions are likely to be hazardous again Thursday night and Friday morning, prompting the weather service to warn of black ice.

“Exercise caution because the melting snow and ice can refreeze and will be very difficult to see on roads and sidewalks,” the weather service posted. “This black ice is very slippery and dangerous to drive or walk on.”

Even after that storm passes, East Tennessee is expected to see another round of frigid Arctic air over the weekend, the weather service said.

Knoxville forecast shows snow possible

It will be mostly sunny Thursday morning, followed by the possibility of rain and snow showers in the afternoon with highs in the upper 30s. Rain, freezing rain and snow showers are expected in the evening followed by a chance of rain and snow showers after midnight with temperatures in the lower 30s.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of rain in the afternoon with highs in the mid 30s. Friday night will be cooler with temperatures dropping to around 6. Wind chill values ​​around 6 below.

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Saturday will be partly sunny but cooler, with highs in the low 20s and lows around 3 degrees, the weather service said. Sunday will be sunny but cool with highs in the lower 30s and wind chills around 11 below in the morning, dropping to around 12 degrees that night.

Liz Kellar is a reporter for Tennessee Connect. Email

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