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Will Middle Tennessee Actually See Snow Friday?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory and predicted three to six inches of snow the first week of January.

According to NewsChannel 5's Lelan Statom, a few areas did see one to three inches of snow, but most Middle Tennessee counties were like Nashville, which only received .6 inches.

Now for the last week of January, NWS has once again forecasted winter weather.

A winter storm watch has been issued for Middle Tennessee beginning late Thursday night, and a winter storm warning has been issued for southern Kentucky counties beginning at 6 a.m. Friday.

NWS said accumulation from the upcoming winter storm will be light at first but will increase with intensity on Friday.

NWS also said Northern Middle Tennessee will see mostly snow, while the southern two thirds of the mid state will see a mixture of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. By Friday, all of Middle Tennessee should be seeing snow as colder air moves in.

Kentucky's southern counties bordering Tennessee could see four to seven inches. NWS did not give an exact prediction of how much snow and ice Middle Tennessee will receive, but www.srh.noaa.gov said significant accumulation of snow and ice will be possible with this storm.

Despite the forecast, many people have still been asking the question: Will Middle Tennessee see snow Friday?

Statom said the mid state and Southern Kentucky will see snow because Friday's storm system is closer to the type of weather systems that have given the south its best snows in the past.

"This system has more moisture to work with," Statom said about Friday's predicted weather.

The system that made its way through Middle Tennessee during the first week of January was a cold front with limited moisture.

"With the limited moisture, we got a dry fine snow," Statom said. "It was [also] still dry at the surface in Nashville, so when the snow started a lot evaporated before making it to the surface."

With Friday's system, the low pressure will track across the Gulf Coast states, and the moisture on the north side will move into the mid state.

"This system has more moisture to work with. The rain/snow line will be in our area, and that is usual with southern snow systems," Statom said.

"The slightest change in track could impact the position of that rain/snow line in our area."

So will Middle Tennessee actually see snow? A better question might be: Who in Middle Tennessee will see the most snow?

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