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The coldest air of the season is sliding into the Tennessee Valley with some snow expected in higher elevations Monday. 

Rain showers will mix with and change to snow showers beginning Monday afternoon into Monday evening across lower elevations in east Tennessee, southwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Little to no snow accumulation is expected across most lower elevation areas, NWS states. 

Some of the highest elevations will see up to 1.5" mainly on the grass and elevated surfaces. In the Tennessee Valley, amounts will vary between no snow and a half-inch north of Chattanooga. Temperatures in the valley will be in the mid-to-upper 20s Monday night, according to WRCB-TV chief meteorologist Paul Barys. Read more on the WRCB-TV website.

A winter weather advisory has also been issued across portions of far north and northeast Georgia and is in effect from 5 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to NWS. Slippery road conditions could impact morning or evening commutes. Total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches is expected in the higher elevations of Murray, Fannin and Gilmer counties. A half-inch to 1" is expected everywhere else. 

The cold weather shelter in Chattanooga will open tonight at 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition will provide rapid COVID-19 tests for those who are seeking shelter, according to a news release. If someone tests positive, they will be sent to the Salvation Army. 

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