The second arctic clipper of the winter season blew into the Mountain Empire on Tuesday bringing bursts of minimal amounts of snow and biting cold wind that caused temperatures to drop throughout the day and night.
Preliminary snow totals were the highest in counties north of the Tri-Cities in the mountainous terrain, including portions of Tazewell County that received between 2-4 inches, according to data from the National Weather Service.
Although the system was brief and arrived later than expected, it was still strong enough to close a number of local schools early and cause cancellations of a number of games in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Tuesday night.
NWS meteorologist Shawn O’Neill said Tuesday night they were trying to get clarification on one report that came from the Bristol, Va., area that said 2.5 inches of snow fell. O’Neill speculated that because of the elevation given as part of the report it could have been near Holston Mountain.
Areas such as Appalachia and Pound in Wise County and Mountain City in Johnson County, Tenn., received 1.5 inches during the snow’s duration, the report said.
A third clipper is setting its sights on the region, O’Neill added, with more dangerously cold temperatures forecast for Thursday and Friday with highs only in the 20s and lows at night dipping into the single digits or teens with below zero wind chills.
He also said some precipitation could be included with the next weather-maker, but again little or no accumulation is expected.
Forecast models issued by the agency Tuesday night call for a bit of relief for the weekend with high temperatures in the low 40s.
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