published Monday, February 7th, 2011

Warm day, wintry night expected in Chattanooga area

Chattanooga's brief warm spell on Sunday is expected to give way by tonight to possible wet, wintry weather that could bring some snow to higher elevations, forecasters say.

Area temperatures will climb into the 50s today, with rain moving in later in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to dip into the low 30s and upper 20s tonight. The rain could turn to snow early Tuesday morning, with mountainous areas possibly receiving an inch of accumulation.

"Most of the moisture will be moving out of the Chattanooga area by the time it comes to snow, so there probably won't be too much of it," said David Gaffin, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn.

Northwest Georgia can expect temperatures in the upper 20s tonight and light snow in higher areas, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Northwest and Middle Tennessee as a system moves up the Mississippi River valley bringing rain, snow and ice, according to The Associated Press.

Forecasters say snow, sleet and ice accumulations of up to 3 inches are expected in the Memphis area tonight.

Another system could bring snow on Thursday, according to WRCB-TV Channel 3.

Contact staff writer Kate Harrison at kharrison@times or 423-757-6673.

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