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    Snow Advancing Northeastward from the Tennessee Valley

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    December 08, 2011, 9:30:16 AM EST

    Snow headed to the Northeast turned much of the Tennessee Valley into a rare winter wonderland for the second consecutive week.

    Snow was beginning to fall over the Laurel Highlands of south-central Pennsylvania during the middle of the day. Other areas in the central and southern Appalachians will follow this afternoon and evening as temperatures fall through the 30s.

    Snow was falling at an elevation of around 1,000 feet in Charleston, W.V. at lunchtime.

    Up to a few inches of snow has whitened western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama this morning as the storm pushed eastward from Arkansas.

    Overnight Tuesday, the snow topped 2 inches at North Little Rock Airport, Ark.

    This morning 3 inches of snow fell on Ripley, Miss. with 4 inches falling on Munford and Atoka, Tenn. Snow was falling on Tupelo, Miss. and was accumulating on elevated surfaces in Memphis, Tenn.


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    Laurel Ridge, Pa. at 12:00 noon Dec. 7, 2011. This webcam image appears courtesy of the Pennsylvania Cross Country Skier's Association.

    "It has only been a little more than a week since a rare November snowfall greeted the South," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Heather Buchman.


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    Most of the snow accumulation will be confined to grassy and elevated surfaces in the valleys, but motorists should not let their guard down.

    Where the snow comes down hard for a time into this evening, slush will develop on colder road surfaces, such as in the mountains, bridges, overpasses and in places shaded from the sun on a clear day.

    An end to the snow across the western Tennessee Valley will come by this afternoon as a winter wonderland begins to unfold farther to the east along the spine of the Appalachians.

    The snow will accumulate more significantly as it tracks northward from the spine of the Appalachians to Maine late today into Thursday morning, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

    "Motorists and pedestrians should be cautious tonight and Thursday morning in the wake of the storm as falling temperatures will cause untreated wet areas to freeze," Sosnowski added.

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