Posted by: martysweather | January 29, 2010

1/29/2010 @ 7AM in Bedford County, Tennessee

The setup is in place and it’s just a matter of time before precipitation begins. Temperature is 29 degrees and may rise 4 or 5 degrees. Rain,Sleet and Freezing Rain expected by Noon. This is a slow mover. Snow hopefully starts by dark. Persons who are out and about need to be aware of their surroundings. Rain that may seem very innocuous will be slowly freezing on exposed surfaces and sometimes by the time you realize what is happening it’s become a dangerous situation. If you are home make a pot of stew or soup or something you can easily reheat from a propane or LP gas source if the power fails. The good news is we have anticipated this storm for nearly a week. The Power Companies have had time to prepare and have crews standing by with trucks loaded with the necessary supplies to restore power. Events from the past few years have helped formulate better plans for dealing with Ice. Out doors this morning we all took advantage of the quite before the storm and went down the Puppy Dog Trail. We found a lot of firm ground and for the second day in a row by sheer force of numbers the Gold Finches are dominating the Feeder. My Red Birds and Blue Birds are still getting in briefly however. The Sky is heavy with Clouds that continue to lower and are very thick. The North wind is steady at about 10 mph and finally the cold sent us to the house. Now as we sit and wait here are the facts.

No precipitation reported for the previous 24 hours.
Temp.29deg. and may rise to just above freezing for a short time. This afternoon expect 32 and then 29 overnight. Very cold air fills in behind the storm.

Bar.30.30″ and still strong. The Low pressure is still well to the West and this system is going to take a good 24 hours to pass through. We will still expect a sharp drop tonight.

Hum.70% and will be on the increase.

Wind N 11mph and steady. The constant wind will add to our woes. Some gust to over 20 mph as well.

Sky Overcast and No Sun today.

The Summary, …WINTER STORM WARNING FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING….A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING ALONG THE GULF COAST WILL SPREAD WINTRY PRECIPITATION ACROSS MIDDLE TENNESSEE. SNOW…SLEET..ANDFREEZING RAIN WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA. SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED WITH ANYWHERE FROM 4 TO 9 INCHES OVER THE NORTH HALF OF THE MID STATE…AND FROM 1 TO 4 INCHES IN THE FAR SOUTH. ICE ACCUMULATION IS ALSO POSSIBLE…WITH AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH OF ICE FOR SOME AREAS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 40.

Today: Freezing rain and sleet before noon, then snow, freezing rain, and sleet. High near 34. Northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight: Snow. Low around 29. North northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 31. North northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Our wild Winter is in high gear today. If we don’t post in the morning I guess it will mean the lines are down. We are praying for the best and prepared for the worst. Stay safe.

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