Winter weather sweeping back into Chattanooga today

Winter weather sweeping back into Chattanooga today

January 12th, 2018 by Emmett Gienapp in Breaking News

Don't get too comfortable with today's unseasonably balmy weather — winter is about to swing back into full force. 

The warm, wet air that has covered Chattanooga for the last two days is being pushed out by a much colder front from the east that will drop local temperatures into the upper 20s overnight. 

"We've got some pretty warm air coming out of the south, but there's a pretty strong cold front that's going to come in and knock the temperatures down. Nashville is actually down below freezing right now," said Andrew Moulton, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn. 

"You're probably only going to have highs in the 30s for the next few days through the weekend. It's going to be a chilly."

The sudden drop in temperature could prove problematic for roads prone to ice, especially in upper elevations where water remains on the ground from recent rainfall. Moulton said there's also a chance for a small amount of snow as the cold front sweeps in. 

"As this system exits the area, there could be some lingering showers that turn from rain to light snow in the evening," he said. "There could be a crossover period where you get a dusting of snow tonight."