Graphic courtesy NWS Morristown
NASHVILLE — A mass of arctic air is expected to bring snow and subfreezing temperatures as it begins to move into Tennessee on Sunday.
The National Weather Service says the arctic air will hit the state on Sunday afternoon and remain through Tuesday. Areas west of the plateau are expected to get 1 to 2 inches of snow while the upper Cumberland region and plateau will get 2 to 4 inches. Snowfall in West Tennessee is expected to be between 1 and 4 inches while much of East Tennessee will see between 1 and 3 inches. Higher elevations could see up to 7 inches.
Along with the snow, temperatures are expected to plummet across the state into the single digits, with wind chills of below zero possible late Sunday night through Tuesday morning.
Forecasters warn travelers to be cautious as roadways could become snow-covered and slippery.
Some school districts announced Saturday that they were canceling classes Monday due to the severe weather approaching.
Meanwhile, the Metro Nashville government said it was partnering with local organizations to make sure shelters were available for anyone who needed them.
“We want everyone to take necessary precautions to stay safe during this upcoming weather when temperatures overnight will dip well below freezing,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “Metro is directing resources to support the nonprofit homeless shelters and agencies. Metro Police will be on special patrols to assist those exposed to the cold.”
Officials in Memphis were also preparing for the freeze by providing shelters with more beds and mobilizing to distribute blankets, coats, hats and gloves to those in need.
Officials also advise people to take other precautions due to the cold weather, such as bringing in pets, insulating water pipes and letting them drip, and dressing in layers before going outdoors.