Snow expected to arrive in area today


Photo by John Bryant
Snow in those mountains
From the green valley of Fish Springs, the snows of December gleam on the mountains in the background. Cold temperatures and snow in the forecast for today and Monday are expected to keep the mountains white, with some accumulation expected in the valley.

  
  rhardin@starhq.com
  This time of year, people look at the weather from their own perspective, and those wishing for snow may just get it.
  If you can't get in the mood for Christmas shopping unless it's cold enough to wear your big sweater with the reindeer on it, you'll want to head out to the mall today or tomorrow. The National Weather Service forecasts sub-freezing temperatures with wind chills of minus zero.
  If you're a snow geek whose heart races the first time a flake shows up on the weather forecast maps, break out the mulaks. There's a good chance of light snow today.
  The region will again fall victim to an arctic blast this weekend, with snow showers expected in the area by early today, according to the National Weather Service.
  With the snow, bitter wind chills are expected Sunday night through Monday night, brought by gusty northwest winds. Wind chills could reach as low as zero to 5 degrees below zero.
  National Weather Service meteorologists are unsure how much snow might fall late this weekend, but warn travelers in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina to make contingent plans. Anyone who knows people susceptible to the cold, like the elderly, should check on them, forecasters recommend.
  According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, scattered snow showers are likely Sunday, but with a very cold and relatively dry atmosphere in place, only light accumulations of a dusting to a couple inches of snow are expected. The mountains could receive higher amounts. The system is expected to be a quick-mover. However, gusty winds will combine with any snow that falls to produce reduced visibilities in the mountains and higher elevations.
  Another cold front is expected to bring rainfall across the area on Wednesday. Snowfall is again possible on Thursday as temperatures fall beyond the cold front.