Cullman received its first smattering of snow in a long while on Saturday as brief snow showers fell during the late afternoon. While heavy at times, the showers did not amount to much as the ground was still warm enough to prevent any accumulation. As night fell, however, State Troopers were dealing with a few wrecks on I-65 that were attributed by some as being caused in part by snow and ice on the road.

Officials with the Cullman Police Department and Cullman County Sheriff's Office reported no problems Saturday due to the weather.

"We've been pretty fortunate around here the last few years," said Hanceville's James McCravy, a weather observer for the National Weather Service. "We haven't had any bad winters in a while. We've had traces of snow almost every winter."

The last significant snowfall in Cullman County came in the winter of 2000-2001, McCravy said.

"In looking back, we just haven't had much snow in the last five years," he said. "On Jan. 1, 2001, we had an inch of snow, probably a couple of inches in the higher elevations, and it stayed on the ground for about two days."

While there is still a chance of snow showers today, it's not expected to be significant enough to cause any problems and temperatures are on the rise.

The NWS forecast calls for normal temperatures returning Monday and Tuesday with highs in the lower 40s and 50s, respectively.

Those to the northwest and northeast aren't so lucky.

Significant snow accumulation was expected in the mountains of upper East Tennessee by this morning, with a possibility of a foot of snow in the highest elevations.

Meanwhile, snow that fell Friday night and early Saturday morning in west and middle Tennessee was mostly melted by midday Saturday.

The Weather Service placed parts of upper East Tennessee, such as Mountain City, Erwin, Roan Mountain and Gatlinburg, under a heavy snow warning Saturday. Between 1 and 4 inches were measured in areas around the region Saturday at midday, and up to another 9 or 10 inches were expected.

Blizzard warnings were posted from the New York City area into eastern New England, where up to 15 inches of snow was possible, and a winter storm warning was issued for most of New Jersey, the Weather Service said. Heavy snow warnings were in effect from eastern Kentucky to New England

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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