Curtain call for snow in the Chattanooga area?

Curtain call for snow in the Chattanooga area?

January 21st, 2011 by Jeremy Belk in News

Michael Vasta, director of operations of the Bluff View Art District, walks to work on High Street as snow and ice covers the bridge above Riverside Drive in this file photo from January 12, 2011.

As many held their breath and looked to the sky Thursday night in anticipation of now-loathsome snow, forecasters warn of another possible winter storm Monday.

Forecasters called for a mix of snow and rain Thursday night with predictions of less than an inch of accumulation in most areas surrounding Chattanooga.

Many look forward to the first snow of the year, but now, after two major snowstorms and the hassles that come with them, the prediction of snow is a mixed blessing for many.

Hannah Parke said she doesn't want to see any more snow this year.

The 18-year-old senior at the Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts is in the upcoming school production of "All Shook Up" and said last week's snow canceled several much-needed rehearsals.

Parke said she's "sick" of snow.

"I just can't deal with another one," she said.

WRCB-TV Channel 3 meteorologist Paul Barys said Thursday night he expected less than an inch of snow overnight. He said this morning will probably be cold and windy.

Forecast

Today: Cold and breezy. High: 35; Low: 23

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: 44; Low: 24

Sunday: Cloudy. High: 46; Low: 32

Monday: Snow late. High: 46; Low: 29

Source: WRCB-Channel 3

"It's going to be in the low 30s," Barys said. "With the wind, it's going to feel real cold."

The region could see more snow early next week, he said, but it's still too early to say for sure.

"It's still four days away," Barys said.

Forecasters in Morristown, Tenn., with the National Weather Service said that, at this time, it doesn't appear the weather system that is expected to come into the area Monday is going to be a big system.

Lacie Newton, spokeswoman for EPB, said the utility was sticking with its regular crew schedule Thursday night since it's only expecting a dusting of snow with no serious problems.

While many cringe hearing about snow, for others it's not so bad.

Shawn Hays, a delivery driver for Dinner Delivered in Chattanooga, said that, as long as the business isn't completely shut down, it sees traffic increase when snow comes down.

"When it snows, we see more orders and bigger tips," Hays said.

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