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Chill could mean icy roads

DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Wilson County is on the line weatherwise today, tonight and this weekend, and out of caution, county schools have cancelled basketball games.
    
Christmas parades set for this weekend are still on as scheduled, as of this writing.
    
In the meantime, if you have Christmas shopping to do or are planning a trip to the west and northwest areas of Tennessee, pay attention to weather forecasts before leaving as road conditions will likely be bad in some locations.
    
“You’re on the boundary to get some ice accumulation,” said Brittney Coleman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.
    
She said rain was expected to change over to freezing rain Friday night and become a wintry mix, tapering off early Saturday morning. Another round of winter weather moves in Saturday night with sleet and freezing rain, changing to all rain.
    
Most of the hazardous conditions are expected to be in the northwest part of the state, but counties west of Wilson, including Metro Nashville-Davidson County, were placed under a Winter Weather Advisory with Winter Storm Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings issued for those further west and northwest.
    
“You’re going to be right on that line” in Wilson County, Coleman said, noting a degree or 2 colder or warmer will determine how much precipitation falls as freezing rain or rain.
    
Capt. Stephen Spencer, EMA planning officer with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, said the second round of winter weather will be more significant here.
    
“With round two, we will have the potential for accumulating ice up to about one-tenth inch which could cause some issues but nothing major. Sunday morning travel to church could be affected by round two until the daytime temperatures melt it.”    

Rainfall will continue throughout the weekend, and Wilson could see up to 2.5 inches through Saturday, she said, adding “some localized flooding issues are possible.” Spencer noted that a total of 5 inches of rain from this weather system is possible by Sunday afternoon.

Coleman said no record temperatures were expected with this system. Lows should be in the upper 20s tonight and about 33 on Saturday night.

It will be much cooler next week, she noted, with lows Monday night in the low 20s and in the teens Tuesday night. “It will be dry.”

In the meantime, she emphasized, “there won’t be very good driving conditions on Friday (evening).”

Pay attention to commercial TV and radio, NOAA Weather Radio, the Internet or social media for updates on this weekend’s weather.

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

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