Hurricane Sandy to drop snow in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The expected landfall of Hurricane Sandy along the eastern coast is expected to bring snow to the higher elevations of East Tennessee beginning Monday morning.

The National Weather Service said in a statement early Sunday that 1 to 4 inches of snow is expected to fall in the mountains of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, with 4 to 8 inches expected for elevations above 3,000 feet.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports forecasters said the colder air moving into the southern Appalachians with strong winds and moisture will combine to generate a strong winter storm that could produce snow through Wednesday.

the weather service office in Morristown has issued a freeze warning for the mountains that will be in effect starting midnight through 9 a.m. Monday.

Other areas of the state are not expected to see any snow, but wind speeds are expected to increase.

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