Colder weather will return to East Tennessee for the weekend. After having high temperatures in the 50s for several days, a large trough in the jet stream will set up a much cooler weather pattern in the short term.
As a cold front moves through on Friday, a trough will deepen over the Southeast bringing freezing temperatures as far south as Florida. At the same time, a winter storm will develop along the North Carolina coast bringing a rather significant February snowfall to parts of eastern North Carolina, the I-95 corridor, and parts of the Northeast recently affected by the large blizzard.
Locally, Knoxville will see some snow flurries on Saturday with high temperatures only in the upper 30s, and the higher elevations of the Plateau and the Smoky Mountains may see some very light accumulating snowfall. However, no problems are expected in our area. Most residents of East Tennessee will see no accumulation of snow this weekend.
The cold air will not last long. By next week, the pattern changes as low pressure systems move up through the Mississippi River Valley pulling warmer air into the Eastern United States and the chance of severe weather to parts of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
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