Is the latest cry of winter weather a ploy by supermarkets to sell milk, bread and toilet paper?
We won’t know whether that was the case until next week — after the latest winter storm has passed, but the National Weather Service is advising residents to be prepared.
The agency has issued a hazardous weather outlook that suggests “significant snow and ice” is headed for the Midstate.
After a wet beginning to the week, things may get a little dicey Thursday when rain is expected to change to snow across the northern part of the state and a mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain to the south.
Snow and ice accumulations are possible with greatest impact likely Thursday night through Friday night, according to the winter weather outlook.
On Friday, the NWS forecasts snow to continue across the north and also spread into some southern areas of the Midstate. Parts of southern Middle Tennessee will continue to experience a mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain.
Much colder air will spread across the state Friday night with snow expected over all of the Midstate. Significant accumulations of snow and ice are likely, according to NWS.
“Computer models have become consistent with this forecast over the last several days and indicate the potential for significant winter storm by the end of the week,” according the NWS.
The following disclaimer was tagged to the NWS statement.
“There is still some uncertainty regarding the eventual track of the low-pressure area along the Gulf Coast. Therefore, it is difficult to provide a reliable forecast of total snow and ice accumulations at this time. However, it appears that significant snow and ice accumulation will occur over a large part, if not all, of the Midstate by the time precipitation tapers off late Friday night.”