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County schools closed Tuesday due to severe weather forecast

UPDATE 1/28/2019 4:40 P.M. CST:  Sequatchie County schools will be closed Tuesday due to snow and ice.

Jan. 28, 2019 – Residents throughout middle and eastern Tennessee are bracing for the first winter storm of 2019. Forecasts are calling for a front to move through our area Monday night, bringing first rain, then a wintry mix, followed by dropping temperatures and snow.

Snow accumulations are expected to amount to 1-2 inches in the Sequatchie Valley, with higher amounts to the south of us.

The National Weather Service (NWS) released a Winter Weather Advisory at 1:46 p.m. CST today that states:

An arctic cold front will move across the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians late tonight and Tuesday morning bringing with it widespread precipitation. The precipitation will likely begin as a mixture of rain and snow but quickly transition to all snow around daybreak Tuesday morning. Snow and ice covered roadways are expected area-wide causing travel problems.

The advisory is in effect 2 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday. It states that accumulations of 1-2 inches are forecast, “with locally higher amounts up to 3 inches expected.”

The NWS also warned of slippery road conditions that may persist into the day on Tuesday due to dropping temperatures.

The forecast is calling for temperatures that will not get above freezing for the next couple of days, with night-time lows around 20 in the valley and colder on the mountains.