The threat of a new winter season saw many Tullahom residents stock up on bread, eggs and milk, but snow accumulations remained below 3 inches for most of the region. Meteorologists called for several inches of powder for all of central Tennessee, with areas to the north and east prepared for nearly a foot of white stuff and low-lying areas prepared for winter mixing.
On Sunday morning, a short snowstorm turned into another rainy January day, washing away a few inches of fluffy snowballing before Jack Frost again graced Tullahoma with his presence for a few hours. However, the precipitation turned most of the second round snow to slush, and sub-zero temperatures saw blankets of ice cover cars, outdoor furniture and parking lots.
Fortunately, the students were unaffected by the latest flurry of wintry weather, as they were already out of school for the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Local forecasts still warned area residents to be on the lookout for patchy black ice throughout Monday as snowfall would still have a negative effect on secondary roads. Any moisture still on the ground after the snowfall would likely freeze overnight, causing uneven black ice formations on the roads, creating dangerous travel conditions.
Although temperatures were just above freezing on Monday afternoon, the overnight range fell below zero again, meaning any partial snowmelt on Sunday would again lead to dangerous driving conditions. Tuesday on the Cumberland Plateau. Tuesday’s forecast called for highs in the 40s, allowing for more snowmelt by mid-week.
According to rainfall totals at Tullahoma Utilities Authority, January has already seen nearly 5 inches of rain to start the year.