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An icy situation expected for the Clarksville area today

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The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning from 9am to midnight tonight, Friday, December 6th, 2013.

A major winter weather event is expected to develop over the Clarksville area today as temperatures this morning hover around freezing and are expected to drop throughout the day today. This with precipitation over running the cold air, rain is expected to fall over the region and freeze on contact with the surface. Freezing rain will mix with sleet this afternoon and ice accumulations of a quarter to a half an inch are expected to accumulate. This will be enough ice for some tree limbs to fall and power outages to occur. Bridges and overpasses are expected to freeze first as far as the roadways are concerned, but slick spots are expected overnight tonight on all surfaces.

Temperatures will remain cool this weekend as highs tomorrow will be in the lower thirties. Another round of wintry weather is expected Saturday night as another round of freezing rain is expected to have an impact Sunday morning. Once again, ice accumulations of a tenth to two tenths of an inch are expected before temperatures warm enough to change the freezing rain to a plain rain. The rain will end as a period of ice and sleet overnight Sunday before skies begin to clear overnight Monday.

Here is the Clarksville area forecast:

Friday: Periods of sleet and freezing rain, mixing with snow towards the evening. Chance of precipitation 90%. New ice accumulations of two to four tenths of an inch are possible. Breezy. High: 33

Friday night: Isolated snow and sleet showers early, otherwise partly cloudy skies. Chance of precipitation 40%. New ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch possible. Breezy. Low: 18

Saturday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High: 31

Saturday night: Increasing clouds with periods of freezing rain and sleet towards daybreak. Chance of precipitation 50%. Little ice accumulation expected. Low: 26

Sunday: Freezing rain in the morning, becoming a plain rain by the afternoon, changing back to freezing rain showers overnight. Chance of precipitation 70%. High: Middle 30s Low: Upper 20s

Monday: A few showers early, otherwise partly cloudy skies. High: Middle 30s Low: Near 20

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