NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After tornadoes and warm weather early in the week, many areas of middle Tennessee saw a blanket of snow late Thursday night.
In just 48 hours, Tennesseans saw records highs in the 70s and then lows down in the 20s.
Snow reports began coming into the NewsChannel5 newsroom around 8 p.m. Thursday night from Clarksville and Hopkinsville. Weather officials said residents could expect to see nearly an inch of snow accumulation, mostly on grassy and elevated surfaces.
The precipitation began across the area as light rain and in southern middle Tennessee counties remained that way overnight. In counties north and west of Nashville, such as Robertson, Sumner and Dickson Counties, the rain quickly changed over to sleet and snow.
Meteorologists said the snow was not expected to last overnight, possibly only three hours at the most. And while some areas were expected to see about an inch of snow there was no threat of accumulation of snow on roadways. The snow brought a cold front to the area, bringing in temperatures in the low 20s.
The addition of these low temperatures on wet roadways made the possibility of black ice a concern for the morning commute. Temperatures were expected to drop quickly overnight, making it into the low teens Friday morning.
Drivers were urged to use caution when attempting to drive on the roadways.