BY O.J. EARLY
Unseasonably warm temperatures Tuesday.
Flooding on Wednesday.
The chance of accumulating snow tonight and Friday.
January's back-and-forth weather continues.
Wednesday's pummeling rain dumped more than two inches across Greene County, flooding dozens of local streets and roads.
According to Greene County Road Superintendent David Weems, at least 25 roads were flooded at some point Wednesday, with seven roads remaining impassable this morning.
Weems said areas north and west of Greeneville, especially spots near Lick Creek, could see water continue to rise throughout the day today.
As a result of flooding conditions, Greene County Schools closed at 2 p.m. yesterday and remained closed today.
Greeneville City Schools were on a regular schedule.
With dropping temperatures, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a special weather statement this morning warning travelers of the potential for black ice.
The NWS also posted a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 10 p.m. tonight through 10 a.m. Friday.
Greene County could see one-to-two inches of snow by Friday morning, according to Andrew Pritchett, a meteorologist with the NWS in Morristown.
"By tomorrow morning it will be in the teens, so wind chills will be quite cold as well. Maybe close to 10 degrees," Pritchett said.
Light-to-moderate snow is expected to start around midnight, and end late Friday morning.
More snow could fall Friday night, Pritchett noted.
With the weather change, the County Road Department and the Greeneville Public Works Department are now switching gears.
"We've got our salt trucks ready," said Greeneville Public Works Assistant Director William Barner, adding that his department has 120 tons of salt. "We're well prepared."
Both departments, however, will likely be unable to salt roadways until snow begins to fall, a result of the wet conditions, Barner and Weems said.
WEDNESDAY'S STORM THREAT
Greene County was under a tornado watch for a portion of Wednesday, as powerful storms moved across the South.
Locally, the potential for severe thunderstorms soon shifted to a concern for localized flooding, Pritchett said.
"Initially, we had the line of storms move through, but by the time they made it over to Greene County, they had weakened," the meteorologist said.
"The persistent, continious rainfall led to a more flooding-type threat."
Flooding was widespread in Greene County on Wednesday, with water-covered roads reported in nearly all sections of the county, according to Weems.
As of 7:30 a.m. today, the following roads remained impassable: Ottway Road, Kennytown Road, John Graham Road, Pottertown Road, Reed Road and Payne Road.
The Greeneville Department of Public Works was unaware of any roads or streets that remained flooded in Greeneville as of this morning, Barner said.
A total of 2.2 inches of rain fell in Greene County on Wednesday, according to the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center on East Allens Bridge Road, the county's only official weather station.