Sunday, January 14, 2024

Breaking News: 1-15-2024 Weather Alert, Tomorrow, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (published 1-14-2024; article #451)


This is M. Fearghail, your breaking news reporter, coming to you live, again, from my home studio office, on Sunday, January 14th, 2024. The time is 3:47 PM, as I type this sentence.

The report, last Friday, broke the same day news, about the wind advisory that was fake news. That article was updated, earlier today, to report the relatively minor power outages and wind damage. This is the 111th article, under the “humor” topic section.

This article reports the weather alert, for tomorrow, on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please remain calm. The conclusion will encourage calm.

Weather Alert, for Tomorrow

This section begins, with the media alert. My weather observation follows.

Media Alert

Local news media have been sensationalizing the weather alert, since at least last Friday. Once source is “Winter weather and deep cold coming for the holiday Monday,” on WBIR-TV, by Tevian Whitehurst, WBIR Weather, published 1/13/2024; updated 1/14/2024. The byline states, “Temperatures fall throughout the week, allowing for snow to accumulate from a passing system beginning late Sunday through MLK Jr. Monday.” The seven-day forecast, in the article, shows the daily low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit), including daily weather predictions. The forecast predicts lows, from seven degrees (Wednesday) to 25 degrees (tomorrow and Friday). The predicted highs range, from 28 (Tuesday) to 37 (Friday). Snow is predicted, tomorrow (90%) and Friday (40%).

This breaking news report focuses on "Weather Alerts - Corryton, TN: Winter Storm Warning (from 1/15/2024, Monday, 1 AM, until 1/16/2024, Tuesday, 7 AM EST)," on The alert states:

Action Recommended: make preparations per the instructions.
Issued by: Knoxville/Tri-Cities - TN, US, National Weather Service.
Affected Area: Portions of East Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
WHAT: heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. Locally higher amounts possible.
WHERE: portions of East Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
WHEN: from 1 AM EST Monday to 7 AM EST Tuesday.
IMPACTS: plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: if you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.

This is a winter storm warning, for areas of east Tennessee and southwest Virginia, from 1 AM tomorrow, until 7 AM Tuesday, in the eastern standard time zone. The area could see at least three to six inches of snow. The temperature (overnight low and daytime high) will be lower, so the precipitation will be in the form of snow, not rain.

My Weather Observation

This morning's low was 24 degrees Fahrenheit. The late afternoon high was 41 degrees. Sunrise showed hints of orange, which indicate precipitation coming. The wind blew mildly, usually from the northwest, most of the day.

While outside, enjoying the sun and wind, this afternoon, with Molly (our age 8 “puppy”), the sky was mostly sunny. I didn't smell snow, in the air. (Yes, it is possible to smell either rain or snow, in the air.) Approaching 5 PM, as I now type, a line of clouds is coming in, from the west. The wind is blowing, gently, from the west.

Overnight, the temperature should drop below freezing. Tomorrow may bring snow, snow mixed with rain, or rain only. We could have morning snow that turns to rain, if the temperature rises above freezing, tomorrow afternoon.

The weather prognosticators predict three to six inches of snow tomorrow. I hope that they are right! If the roads are passable, then I might be able to hike House Mountain, in the snow, tomorrow! We will see.


Please remain calm, dear reader. Yesterday, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I attended the Cherokee High School Lady Chiefs' basketball game, in my hometown. Our niece, the eldest daughter of my youngest brother and his wife, is a starter, on the team. The roads had already been treated, with salt and brine! We were amazed! The roads should have been treated today, in anticipation of a little snow tomorrow. Treating the roads yesterday provided ample time, for vehicles to clear the treatment, from the roads!

The local weather forecasters are, as usual, sensationalizing the possibility of a little snow tomorrow. Anyone, who has common sense, should already be prepared. Be calm. We have seen little snows, in winter, around here before.

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