Thu
Jan 24 2013
06:00 am

National Weather Service:

* EVENT... LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL OVERSPREAD THE ENTIRE REGION. MOST OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY TO THE SOUTH AND WEST OF MORRISTOWN WILL EXPERIENCE A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET... WITH LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REMAINING ALL SNOW OR A MIXTURE OF SNOW AND SLEET.

* TIMING... PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE INTO THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU AND SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND OVERSPREAD THE ENTIRE REGION FRIDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON... BEFORE TAPERING OFF BY FRIDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS... SIGNIFICANT ICING AND HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL CREATE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. ACCUMULATING ICE AND SNOW MAY PULL DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES IN SOME AREAS. LOCALIZED TO WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

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AnonymousOne's picture

Hope the schools play it

Hope the schools play it safe...this time.

Factchecker's picture

who knew

overspread is a word?

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Oh, yuk.

We've still got snow (on the back lawn) and an icy driveway from the "weather event" a week ago...

B Harmon's picture

Emergency Frog Evacuation Plan

When one has 8 tanks with tropical frogs and the possibility of power outages, it leads to having to do some serious planning. We don't have a generator nor are we ready to go down that road just yet, so I had to come up with a plan.

When we travel during the summer and have a pet/house sitter, I had to devise a "Emergency Frog Evacuation Plan" for the poor sitter who asked the question, "what if the power goes out, will the frogs get too hot?". That plan is about a page long and ultimately the frogs go into 16 quart lidded containers and then placed in the cool basement. Mark and I had to do this when our power was out for 3 days this past summer.

However, with cold weather, it is more of a dilemma, how to keep them warm. In the long run, I need to buy (on the internet, not sure if they can be purchased locally) some heat packs that are used when shipping live frogs. But for now, I have several packs of the packets used to slip in gloves and shoes to keep warm. The frogs will go into the 16 quart containers and then I will be placing these packets taped to the under side of the lid of each container. These will all be placed in an inside closet and covered with blankets. I know we could take the 8 containers with us to the hotel, but then we may have to explain what is in them.

So imagine freezing in your own home trying to catch frogs and putting them into these containers! Life is exciting at the Harmon house.

Bbeanster's picture

Get a kerosene heater for

Get a kerosene heater for such an emergency.

redmondkr's picture

I have a kerosene heater for

I have a kerosene heater for just such an occasion. A friend bought the thing years ago but his wife was afraid of it so I 'inherited' it. It's still in the original box and has an extra wick.

Just be sure there is adequate ventilation in the area you plan to heat. I wonder, too, if exotic frogs may be sensitive to the fumes from these things.

redmondkr's picture

Just got this on WBIR's

Just got this on WBIR's Facebook page posted at 2:50PM:

NWS has Cancelled a Winter Storm Watch for Anderson, Blount Smoky Mountains, Claiborne, Cocke Smoky Mountains, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, NW Blount, North Sevier, Northwest Cocke, Northwest Greene, Northwest Monroe, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier Smoky Mountains, Southeast Greene, Southeast Monroe & Union Counties.

That followed this post of 1 minute earlier:

NWS has Continued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Anderson, Blount Smoky Mountains, Claiborne, Cocke Smoky Mountains, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, NW Blount, North Sevier, Northwest Cocke, Northwest Greene, Northwest Monroe, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier Smoky Mountains, Southeast Greene, Southeast Monroe & Union Counties until 07:00 PM

Emphasis mine.

metulj's picture

Snow or freezing rain? The

Snow or freezing rain? The former, please.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Rachel's picture

Jim says the City is waiting

Jim says the City is waiting till the wee hours to make a decision. My guess is they open on time or not at all.

10 a.m. is supposed to be right in the middle of the worst of it.

AnonymousOne's picture

The freezing rain was an

The freezing rain was an addition for Knox. I guess such an advisory is a little more serious than just a general winter storm advisory.

Guess Knox County Schools is waiting until it hits the ground.

Really calls into question the Central Office's claim that the safety and security of the students is their biggest concern. Actually, it completely refutes it.

R. Neal's picture

Blount Co. Schools may not

Blount Co. Schools may not decide until 6AM, according to a statement on their website.

R. Neal's picture

WBIR reporting that Anderson

WBIR reporting that Anderson Co. schools will be closed.

R. Neal's picture

WBIR reporting Sevier Co.

WBIR reporting Sevier Co. schools closed. Also reported earlier today that Roane Co. would be closed.

AnonymousOne's picture

Knox County closed according

Knox County closed according to a robocall.

Good move.

If it doesn't do a thing, it's the weather people's fault, not the schools.

Based on the information available, McIntyre and the others made the best decision.

Andy Axel's picture

American Airlines

American Airlines preemptively cancelling all flights in and out of BNA for Friday.

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