By: Alan Denton
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A snowstorm that has dropped up to five inches in the Great Plains was pushing eastward Thursday and Tennesseans began stocking up for winter weather.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for West Tennessee and Middle Tennessee for Thursday. The precipitation began during the morning in northwestern Tennessee.
“It’s just misty rain right now,” said Tractor Supply cashier Karli Castellaw as she looked out of the front windows at the Union City store.
Customers were preparing for snow as they shopped.
“They buy dog food and say they don’t want to go out after it starts,” Castellaw said of the expected snow.
Forecasters expect a mixture of snow and sleet, turning to all snow and accumulating one to three inches in the Reelfoot Lake region.
The cold front was expected to push swiftly eastward, with snow tapering off in Union City, Dyersburg and Memphis by sunset.
Accumulating snow was expected in the Nashville area by midafternoon and up to two inches was expected. Snow depths on the Cumberland Plateau were expected to reach up to four inches at Crossville.
Up to three inches of snow was forecast for the Tri-Cities region, beginning after midnight. Up to an inch was forecast for Knoxville, while snow showers with no accumulation were expected in Chattanooga.
Temperatures will drop as the snow band moves through, with overnight lows falling to the mid-teens to the mid-20s across the state.
Schools that had opened in the western half of the state were closing early as the snow approached on Thursday.
After a cold Friday, forecasters expected weekend high temperatures into the low 40s before another shot at sleet and snow on Monday.
The same system brought two to five inches across Oklahoma and was a factor in at least one traffic death when a car slid off of an icy highway near Cheyenne in western Oklahoma early Thursday.