It’s not winter yet, but a threat of frozen precipitation looms in tonight and Wednesday’s forecast.
The National Weather Service held a briefing Monday afternoon via teleconference at the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency.
Frigid and blustery conditions are expected Wednesday and on Thanksgiving Day.
Bradley County School officials saw no need to attend the conference since classes will dismiss later this afternoon for the Thanksgiving holiday. Cleveland City Schools are already on break.
According to the CBCEMA Administrative officer, a 100 percent chance of precipitation, mainly in the form of rain, will be present until after 5 p.m. today.
“After 11 p.m., NWS is calling for occasional snowfall until 6 a.m. Wednesday, and then from 7 a.m. until noon, a continuing chance of snowfall,” Cline said today.
“We could get up to 1 inch of snow through Wednesday evening,” Cline said.
Temperatures will then really begin to drop after 5 p.m. Wednesday, when the low is expected to fall to the low 20s by Thanksgiving Day, according to Cline.
Windy or gusty conditions will also be present with gusts up to 25-30 mph.
“This will drop wind chills into the low teens overnight,” he added.
“Trees could uproot due to all the rain we ... had Monday night and today,” Cline said.
“Our office will be closely monitoring conditions during this weather event,” Cline added.