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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

Chance of snow New Year’s Eve, 50 percent.

Chance of really cold temperatures New Year’s Day through next Tuesday, 100 percent.

To have any possibility of snow, there must be moisture, and there will be plenty of that beginning later today with a 30 percent chance of rain and a 90 percent chance tonight. The high today should be about 47, and the low tonight is expected to be near 40. Both temperatures are too warm for snow.

Thursday, Dec. 31, brings a chance of precipitation before 3 p.m. or so, then a chance of rain and snow. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. The high will reach about 47 but will begin to drop during the day as a cold front moves through Middle Tennessee.

There is a 40 percent chance of snow New Year’s Eve with a low of 29 degrees.

“Unfortunately, depending on your perspective, we do have a chance of snow,” said Larry Vannozzi, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

Scattered flurries are in the forecast for Friday, New Year’s Day, under mostly cloudy skies. The high should be near 37 and the wind will be north-northwest at 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

New Year’s Eve, when many are out and about celebrating in the New Year 2010, could find the roads a bit tricky, and Vannozzi said if you plan to be out on the town to exercise caution when driving.

As temperatures drop Thursday, any precipitation “will change to snow, freezing rain and snow by midnight. It looks like there is going to be a chance. There is a potential to have some hazardous conditions New Year’s Eve,” he noted.

Friday night’s low will be about 20 degrees with a north-northwest wind at 5-15 mph. Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 33. The low Saturday night will be about 19 under mostly cloudy skies.

Sunday’s high is expected to be around 33 with mostly sunny skies. Sunday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 17. The high Monday will be about 30 under partly sunny skies, and the low Monday night should be about 15 with mostly cloudy skies.

Skies Tuesday should be partly sunny with a high of about 34 degrees.

Vannozzi said forecasters do not foresee any precipitation Saturday through Tuesday. “It will be cold,” he added.

Although there is one more day to go before 2009 ends, the precipitation total for the year will end almost 10 inches above normal. Through Dec. 29, the weather service recorded 57.5 inches of precipitation so far for ’09, or officially 9.85 inches above normal. The normal amount is about 48 inches.

So far this winter, which for meteorological purposes begins the first of December and includes January and February, there have been no temperature or precipitation records set.

Vannozzi said the normal high for this time of year is 47 and the normal low is 29.

He urged everyone to pay attention to weather reports the next few days, especially if you plan to be out. Dress warmly and drive carefully.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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