Heavy rain, now snow?
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jan 31, 2013 | 1114 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FLOODING ALONG several roadways affected travel in a number of areas of Bradley County. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
FLOODING ALONG several roadways affected travel in a number of areas of Bradley County. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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Snow flurries are in the forecast tonight after a day filled with anxiety as a variety of weather conditions made their way into Bradley County and the surrounding areas.

More than two inches of rain fell during a 24-hour period.

Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency officials and 911 dispatchers were constantly monitoring conditions as heavy rains fell Wednesday. Gusty wind conditions were also noted throughout the day.

Gusts and straight-line winds had been predicted but the higher-risk, straight-line damaging winds skirted Bradley County.

Tornadoes were spawned in the northern portion of Georgia and near Nashville.

In Bradley County, wind advisories, flooding advisories, a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch were all issued during the day.

A high temperature of 66 degrees was recorded in Bradley County. The thermometer fell to 38 degrees just before midnight and winds picked up.

Flooded roadways in the county were a problem for motorists, according to CBCEMA administrative officer Curtis Cline.

“We had 14 roadways affected in the city and county. Some were shut down to traffic,” Cline said.

Cline added the weather collection center at the Emergency Operations Center on Guthrie Drive recorded 2.05 inches of rainfall.

A 30 percent chance of snow flurries exists tonight and low temperatures could cause some roadways to develop black ice.

“We urge everyone to use caution and monitor temperatures and conditions. The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook advising us of the possibility of black ice and freezing conditions due to all of the rain, as well as the possibility of flurries later tonight and into the morning,” Cline said.