Warmer temps on the way
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Mar 06, 2013 | 700 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Warmer air is on the way for the weekend after a mixed-bag of weather hit the Tennessee Valley this week.

Wind gusts up to 39 mph were recorded Wednesday at the Bradley County Emergency Operations Center. Thunderstorms also rumbled in the skies and coupled with the wind gusts, at least one tree was uprooted, taking utility lines with it.

Tuesday afternoon, David Hotz of the National Weather Service in Morristown briefed state and local emergency managers about an impending rain/snow event Tuesday and into today.

Bradley County experienced the heavy rains and winds, then snow showers throughout the night into the daylight hours this morning.

A Wind Advisory was issued and Winter Weather watches and warnings issued for several counties in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.

After today, a gradual warm-up is predicted and temperatures will near 70 degrees by the weekend, according to NWS officials.

Clocks will “Spring” forward Sunday at 2 a.m., beginning the official Daylight Saving Time period.

During recent years, Bradley and surrounding areas in the Southeast have experienced virtually every type of weather situation.

From extreme heat in the summer months, to tornadoes in the spring and winter, flooding, high winds, drought and snow and icy conditions, emergency managers have been busy monitoring conditions and hope the warming trend this week will continue and stabilize.

“We look forward to a little warmer weather this weekend which will also allow water to dry up from all the rain we have experienced,” said Jerry Johnson Jr. of Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency.

According to Johnson, Bradley County has officially recorded 13.3 inches of rain this year and nearly 1 inch of rain in the first six days of March.