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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

School children may rejoice, parents may not, as snow is expected to fall today in Wilson County.

About 1 inch of snow is expected, probably not enough to ride a sled, but maybe a snowman or two will appear in front yards during the day.

 “It’s going to start out cold and kind of snowy,” said Darrell Massie, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory. “Everybody should see some snow flying through the air.”

Temperatures will not fluctuate too much today with the high expected to be in the upper 20s to low 30s.

A click on Wilson County on the map at the weather service’s website at www.srh.noaa.gov/ohx/ said there is an 80 percent chance of snow and sleet in Lebanon with a high of 34 degrees and dropping, 80 percent chance of snow and sleet in Mt. Juliet with a high of 33 degrees and dropping, 80 percent chance of snow and sleet 2 miles west-southwest of Watertown with a high of 35 degrees and dropping and 80 percent chance of snow and sleet 9 miles east of Lebanon with a high of 34 degrees and dropping.

Wilson County escaped the ice storm which struck counties along the Tennessee-Kentucky border. The weather service noted that about one-eighth inch of ice was reported on some bridges and overpasses in Wilson, but no serious problems were reported as a result.

Ice coated some trees in the area but it melted as it continued to rain throughout the day.

Massie said the area benefited from warmer ground temperatures. “If we had the accumulation (that was) on the trees on the roads that would have been a mess.”

He added Wilson County was lucky, also, because the ice storm affected a fairly small part of the state.

While Clarksville and other cities to the north were dealing with ice accumulations, counties along the Tennessee-Alabama border were dealing with spring-like weather. Massie said temperatures to our south were in the mid 60s under sunny skies. Indeed, there was a 40-degree difference in temperatures from Clarksville to Muscle Shoals, Ala, he added. 

A flood advisory was in effect until 8:30 this morning, mostly for small streams and creeks that could overflow their banks. Massie said from midnight Tuesday to about 4:30 p.m., yesterday, 1.07 inches of rain had officially fallen at the airport in Nashville. 

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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