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Flurries, Dusting Likely For Most Of Mid-State

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Photo from State Route 49 in Stewart County. (Via @TDOTDeanna) Photo from State Route 49 in Stewart County. (Via @TDOTDeanna)
Dusting in White House, Tennessee. Dusting in White House, Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flurries left a dusting across the mid-state Thursday morning, but significant accumulation was unlikely for the majority of areas.

Up to an inch or two of snow is possible Thursday afternoon in the northern Cumberland Plateau as a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight for Cumberland, Fentress, Overton, Pickett, and Putnam Counties.

Rain quickly turned to snow as temperatures dropped Thursday morning, but there was little to no accumulation in Nashville and surrounding areas.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said crews started work in the Metro Nashville area early in the week. Even without a significant snowfall, moisture on the roadways from the rain could freeze and cause slick spots Thursday night into Friday morning.

"You might have noticed that a lot of the state routes and interstates already had brine on them prior to (Wednesday)," said Deanna Lambert, spokesperson for TDOT. "We were anticipating this, and since today is a state holiday we thought we'd try to get our crews out there early."

Some TDOT crews were still hard at work on New Year's Day, despite the holiday, to make sure roads were ready for the new threat of winter weather. Crews were working in Davidson, Robertson, Montgomery, Dickson, Stewart and Williamson Counties, among others.

Two parts of the storm have had officials concerned. Rain started falling overnight, followed by a plunge in the temperatures Thursday could combine to cause problems.

The major snowstorm has been forecast to track well to the north with heavy snow likely near the Great Lakes and Northeast United States. Computer models projected the system would put out 6 to 10 inches of snow for parts of New England, New York and lesser amounts for Illinois and Indiana.

NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Ron Howes said Kentucky and Tennessee are right on the edge of the system, with some accumulation of snow expected. Less than an inch has been forecast for most of the area.

Officials said New Year's Day's relatively warm weather would help keep things from getting as bad as they could have Thursday morning.

"It sounds like there things are working in our favor. Today has been a nice, sunny, warm day, so that will keep the ground and the roads fairly warm," said Lambert. "That will be helpful coming tomorrow morning."

Check road conditions before leaving by visiting the Tennessee Department of Transportation's SmartWay website www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or calling the 511 driver information line. TDOT also offers multiple Twitter feeds and a SmartWay mobile app for smartphone users.

If you need help on the road, call *THP (*847) for assistance from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Find road safety tips from THP online at www.tn.gov/safety/10things2know.shtml.

For more tips on preparing for winter weather, visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

Highway conditions for Kentucky with links to surrounding states may be found at 511.KY.GOV.

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