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Light snow may affect travel

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Wilson County could see a dusting of snow Tuesday night which could cause hazardous conditions on roadways on Wednesday morning.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory said there is a 40 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday night with rain and snow before midnight, then a chance of snow. The low should be about 22 degrees.

The NWS issued a Special Weather Statement Monday afternoon which said a low pressure system in the northwest Gulf of Mexico will bring moisture north and east during the next 24 to 36 hours as a cold dome of high pressure moves south from Canada toward Tennessee. Both of these systems will bring the chance of light snow Tuesday night.

The Special Weather Statement said that it appeared the lower levels of the atmosphere will be on the dry side and that most of the precipitation will stay south of the Mid-state. Even so, there was a chance that some of the precipitation might make it far enough north that Middle Tennessee may see some snowfall.

“At this time,” the statement said, “only a dusting of snowfall is possible across the Mid-state... except along the Cumberland Plateau where accumulations of up to one-half inch may occur.”

With lows in the 20s on Wednesday morning, there could some slick spots and roads may be covered with snow, if the system develops as meteorologists believe. If you must travel, check local conditions by listening to commercial TV and radio, NOAA Weather Radio, the Internet or social media.

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