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Get ready for the long weekend – and weather – ahead

Jan. 12, 2018 – Just when you thought the holidays – and the severe winter weather – were behind you, a three-day weekend is upon us, with snow and single-digit temperatures just ahead.

This year – 2018 – marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday is the day we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in the United States. It is the Monday closest to Dr. King's birthday.

And because this year is the 50th anniversary of his death, there will be a week of celebrations and commemorations of the civil rights leader's life and contribution to this country, in Chattanooga and other cities around the country.

Because of the holiday, schools will be closed for the day, as will all local, state, and federal offices. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, either.

Local school kids got an early start on the three-day weekend in anticipation of possible severe winter weather today. Sequatchie County Schools sent all the children home at noon today.

As with most winter weather advisories in Tennessee, it was hit or miss when (or if) the bad weather would get here. The weather forecasters kept changing their tune through the day, but eventually the front came through, and the temperatures dropped like a rock, from the low sixties in the morning to the twenties by the afternoon – and with a wind that could knock you down!

Temperatures are expected to continue falling through the night, and hover just in the teens tomorrow morning. Some type of winter precipitation is expected tonight, but in our area of Tennessee it will likely be just a light dusting of snow and some puddles turned to ice.

As the week progresses, however, it gets worse – with snow forecast on Tuesday and temperatures dropping into the single digits that night.

But, of course, in Tennessee you need to stay tuned. That forecast could change at any time!