There's no doubt about it - it's a miserable Tuesday morning! Rain is falling across the area, making it a tough one to get out of bed. Unfortunately, these are the mornings where you need more time on the roads, as puddles and low visibility will slow you down. In the Mountains, the morning commute may be much more treacherous, as freezing rain is falling through much of the area.
Winter Storm Warnings, Ice Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories and Freezing Rain Advisories continue through 9 AM, as there is the potential for 1/10" - 1/4" of ice -- mainly on elevated surfaces like bridges, overpasses and railings. While the vast majority of the ice concern is focused in WNC, the mountains of Pickens and Greenville Counties (right near the SC/NC border) could see some light icing, so use caution if you're traveling in those areas.
The widespread, heavy rain will stay with us this morning, and by 9-10 AM all areas should be seeing liquid precipitation only. Rain will become more scattered this afternoon before tapering off late. Clouds will stay overhead, with chilly temperatures on tap for the PM hours. Highs will likely only rise into the mid 40s for most.
Winds will stay gusty today, with High Wind Warnings in effect for the high elevations of TN border counties through 6 PM. Gusts on these peaks could be as high as 60 mph. Area-wide, the potential for gusts between 20 and 40 mph will continue through the day.
Overnight we'll dry out with fog developing early Wednesday - so we could have some more AM drive slow-downs this time tomorrow!