NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Much of Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, will experience flooding as heavy rain falls on top of accumulated ice and snow, just days after the area was hit hard by an ice storm that crippled the entire city.
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Mid-State which is in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday morning through Noon Sunday.
The rain could be heavy at times. The high on Saturday will be in the mid-40s, which will help wash away much of the ice and snow. Two inches or more of rain could fall Saturday.
Flooding is possible, especially on the roadways, as runoff from the melting ice and snow cannot flow into the drainage systems quickly due to excessive volume.
Snow began falling during the mid-afternoon hours Friday in Nashville, but changed to sleet before changing to freezing rain around sunset.
The snow and icy has mainly turned to slush, but many back roads in the northern and eastern counties of Middle Tennessee are still reporting icy conditions.
The Cumberland Plateau saw about ¾ of an inch of inch of ice Saturday. The heavy ice has caused numerous trees and power lines to fall leaving as many as 35,000 residents without power.
Another cold front will push through Middle Tennessee around sunset Saturday. Temperatures will only reach the mid-30s Sunday.
Some snow flurries are possible.