High winds and cold air pour in by Friday

The storm system that will cause a full-blown Nor'easter in New England will have some fringe impacts on our area through Friday. Wind Advisories are in effect for higher elevations of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. This is where wind gusts could exceed 40 mph heading into Friday morning. This is enough to knock down trees, given the saturated soil that we currently have. High Wind Warnings are in effect for the Blue Ridge, where 60 mph wind gusts are possible. This is where the higher threat for power outages exists through Friday.

Colder air pours in on the backside of this system, providing the chance for a few flurries or mountain snow showers late at night.

The Tri-Cities and surrounding valleys will see little-to-no accumulation. If we see any accumulation, it will more than likely be on mountain tops in southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. Most, if not all, school systems will be in session on Friday.

The largest threat comes with the wind and saturated soils. This will create the possibility of scattered power outages and tree damage through Friday. Winds stay gusty in the areas under High Wind Warnings through Saturday morning. Areas not in the High Wind Warning should see the wind gradually calm down later on Friday.

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