WINTER STORM WATCH: Snow expected Friday in Middle Tennessee, Kentucky

Our first accumulating snow rolls in Friday

(Graphic: WKRN)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Winter Storm Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for western Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky due to the expected snow this Friday.

The watch covers many counties across Tennessee, including Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Montgomery, and Robertson, among others, from 6 a.m. Friday to 12 a.m. Saturday. Check the latest weather advisories at wkrn.com/alerts.

Benton, Decatur and Henry counties could get 1- 3 inches of snow. While Logan, Simpson and Warren counties in Kentucky could get 2- 4 inches.

The rest of Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky are expected to get some widespread snow. Accumulations may not be as heavy, but travel may be slippery or even treacherous.

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Currently, the storm is out west and before the winter weather arrives, the next couple of days will feel more like spring as highs reach the 60s. But by Friday morning, a fight between spring and winter will ensue. We are on the battleground.

Ahead of the cold air, temperatures remain above freezing Friday morning with heavy rain spreading all across the area. During the late morning and afternoon, below-freezing air shuttles in and the switch over begins. Keep an eye on the radar at wkrn.com/radar.

(Graphic: WKRN)

Before the full change to snow, a brief period of freezing rain and sleet come into the mix making roads icy. By afternoon and early evening, everyone transitions to periods of snow. Get the latest forecast at wkrn.com/forecast.

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At the onset, snow likely melts when reaching the ground due to our recent warm spell. As Canadian air continues to rush in, surfaces turn cold enough that snow accumulates. At this time, a light coating could accumulate by the Alabama boarder with more towards Nashville, with heavier amounts to the north and west.

The map is an early look to give you a heads up about our winter weather potential. Numbers and locations of heaviest snow can change as new information comes in. Nonetheless, this is how it looks right now.

(Graphic: WKRN)

Once the storm wraps up early Saturday morning, arctic air locks in for the long haul with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

Emergency crews from around the area are already preparing for the forecasted winter weather.

On Wednesday afternoon, emergency leaders from across Middle Tennessee participated in a conference call to discuss the potential winter weather. The National Weather Service said another call will be held on Thursday as the snow event gets closer to the Volunteer State.

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