published Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Rain could turn to snow today in the Chattanooga area

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    Paul Barys, chief meteorologist for the Channel 3 Eyewitness News Storm Alert Team
    Portraits by Mark Gilliland

Are you looking forward to snow?

Tired of rain? Don't fret: Forecasters say the wet stuff will be snow later today.

"Around noon it will transition to snow," said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Winton.

Chattanooga may get about a half-inch before the system clears out near 11 p.m., she said.

If the white stuff actually accumulates, it will be the first snow of 2013.

On its heels, Winton said, temperatures will plummet to the 20s, and leftover water on streets likely will form what's known as black ice.

Paul Barys, chief meteorologist with WRCB-TV Channel 3, said colder air will slide in by afternoon and evening.

"Temperatures will be falling through the afternoon," he said. "There could be some accumulations in the higher elevations, with just a dusting in the valleys."

Locally, the Blue Ridge mountains have the best chance for snow accumulation with Barys expecting 1 to 3 inches there.

By the weekend, he said, it will be much drier, but cold -- with normal winter temperatures returning.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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