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Winter Weather Advisory For Parts Of Mid-State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A winter weather advisory is in effect for the eastern part of the state and southern Kentucky.

The National Weather Service posted a winter weather advisory in effect from noon to midnight Thursday for Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, White and Wilson counties.

Forecasters said snow showers are likely statewide Thursday and Thursday night and accumulating snow is expected in Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee.

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Fentress County Schools closed early Thursday at 12:30 p.m. due to the predicted accumulation. Clay, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett and Stewart Counties will close at 1 p.m.

DeKalb, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, Smith, and Trousdale Counties will close at 2 p.m.

Metro-Nashville Public Schools have canceled all after-school programs and activities on Thursday. The Winter Graduation Ceremony at McGavock High has also been postponed and an alternate date will be announced once scheduled. This does not include YMCA Fun Company programs operating at Davidson County schools.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools have also canceled after school activities. The school system said practices may be conducted, but all campuses must be clear by 5 p.m. All middle school and high school basketball games are canceled as well. A decision about school closing will not be made until Friday morning.

Robertson County also canceled all after-school activities.

NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Lelan Statom said snow showers could cause some accumulation, especially late in the afternoon and evening. The best chance of accumulating snow will be in the Northeastern counties of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky where up to an inch is possible.

Up to a half-inch was forecast for Thursday in Nashville and another half-inch is possible overnight.

The prediction for Cookeville was 1-3 inches during daytime hours and maybe an inch more overnight.

An inch or less was predicted for the Tri-Cities and Knoxville. Chattanooga expects just snow showers.

Low 20s to mid-20s temperatures were expected statewide by Friday morning.

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Light snow has been reported in some southern Kentucky counties.

Forecasters said the cold front pushing into Kentucky doesn't have a lot of snow with it, but temperatures are tumbling and the wind is picking up.

Highway crews in Kentucky are prepared to respond to the approaching system. They said they are monitoring bridges, overpasses, and other potential trouble spots across the region.  All crews have trucks loaded and are on standby to roll out quickly as the developing weather system requires.  Crews are prepared to operate 24/7 over the next few days as temperatures are expected to drop into the 20's the next 2 or 3 nights.

All but a fringe of northern Kentucky counties were under a winter weather advisory Thursday as the front moved in, dropping temperatures from highs in the 50s on Wednesday to lows in the teens and 20s by Friday morning.

Forecasters figured on an inch or two of snow likely at most places in the commonwealth.

At 8:45 a.m. Thursday, there was a 10-degree difference in temperatures across the state: 30 degrees in Fulton County and 40.8 degrees in Pike County.

Stay with NewsChannel 5 for the latest on this developing weather situation.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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