This STILL starts as RAIN, folks. The question is, how quickly will it changeover. I even said that yesterday. Well, here's the Valley timeline that I am expecting today:
RAIN STARTS: 4 PM to 7 PM Monday
RAIN ENDS Midnight to 2 AM Tuesday
SNOW STARTS 2 AM to 4 AM Tuesday
SNOW ENDS Around 8 AM Tuesday
Something I'm watching...
Mesoscale bands of snow, where areas are made different due to its elevation, temperature and topographic prominence, could easily form in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday morning in East Tennessee. Just like fog can be locally dense in one part of a town and not so bad in another part of the SAME town. In other words, it would not surprise Captain Accurate if some of you receive more than 4 + inches of snow in a few Valley locations. So stay alert, and don't act surprised.
However, that will NOT be the norm for most. Most in the Valley will see 1 to 2" of snow fall with even less actually sticking on the pavement.
It will create, however, I'm sure, "snow envy" for those who LOVE snow, but feel they got cheated somehow in the process by Mother Nature. Psst ! You didn't. The practical solution on Tuesday morning? Hop in the car and take a short drive to the Smokies. :-)
Enjoy...and above all, stay safe.
So weather does not surprise you