From flood to flurries8:48 am | January 17, 2013
A break in the weather Wednesday gave local emergency workers time for a cautious sigh of relief
and allowed them to focus on preparation for the next round of precipitation.
“The water levels have started to drop a little bit, but we’re going to start to see some rain again,” Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said. “It doesn’t look like we’ll have a lot more between tonight and tomorrow.”
Worley said the forecast calls for between a half-inch and 1.5 inches of rain before noon Thursday, followed by a switch to snow in the afternoon.
The higher elevations could see up to 8 to 10 inches of snow, while Elizabethton could get a half-inch.
Because the ground retained heat from the recent mild weather, Worley said accumulations will likely be light.
“It should be a quick event, so it’s going to dump on us all at once and then go away,” he said.
But the wet, heavy snow could collect on trees, causing them to uproot from the saturated ground.
Worley said snow is more difficult than flooding for emergency services to deal with, because flooding usually occurs only along waterways, whereas snow falls over the entire area.