Meteorologist Justin Jackson said the day will likely start with rain Saturday morning, and as temperatures drop, that rain could turn to snow by mid-afternoon.
“It’s going to be a chilly, raw, winter kind of day Saturday,” Jackson said.
By Saturday evening, forecasted precipitation will be primarily snow, with a possibility of sleet mixing in, as well. At midnight, precipitation is projected to taper off, stopping completely Sunday morning.
The area may not have much time to bounce back from the initial Saturday snow, Jackson said, because another winter system is forecast to move through the area Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
“It looks like it will be really light snow, or maybe a mix of wintry precipitation,” Jackson said.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90-percent chance of precipitation Saturday and a 40-percent chance of precipitation Monday night into Tuesday morning.
“It looks like (temperatures) will stay on the cool side through the mid part of next week, and after that it looks like they will trend upward,” Jackson said.
“Beyond that, this may end up being our last chance at wintry weather through the remainder of the season.”
Jackson said the wild fluctuations in temperature Middle Tennessee has experienced in recent weeks is somewhat normal for changing seasons but a little more drastic than typical years.
“You generally do see a gap there, but this year I would say we’ve seen more extremes,” he said. “It’s not completely unusual. One we get into late March, and especially when we get into April, those temperature swings will be less and less as it heats up, and we start to build moisture.”