We started the morning with FRIGID temperatures and some dense freezing fog:
But that’s not all…some locations along and south of I-40 woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground! These pictures were sent to me on Facebook from around Columbia:
More of the same around parts of Nashville as I’m about to hit “publish” — snow definitely wasn’t in the forecast…so what the heck happened? The same moisture that produced low cloud cover and fog for most of us was just enough to interact with a weak disturbance passing through, and produce a brief period of “spontaneous” light snow (i.e. not associated with a large-scale storm system). Accumulations weren’t measurable, but any layer of flakes between your tires and the road is more than you want to deal with. The National Weather Service put out a good summary of the snow and freezing fog this morning:
The fog and low cloud cover will be stubborn this morning, but a warm-up begins to kick in today, with at least partial sunshine by this afternoon and high temperatures in the low to mid 40s:
The exact stubborn-ness of the low cloud cover could force a revision of that temperature forecast…check into Channel 4 News at Noon for updates. [NOON UPDATE: Yup, we just can’t shake the clouds. Highs will likely be 3 or 4 degrees cooler than what you see on the map above.] We’ll drop back to the low to mid 20s tonight…
…then climb to around 50° Wednesday:
Warmer-than-normal temperatures are in the forecast for Christmas weekend, along with a decent chance of showers Friday night into Saturday. Christmas Day itself looks warm and windy, with highs in the mid 60s and just a limited chance of showers:
The warm and windy weather on Christmas will be due to a strong storm system moving through the middle of the country:
That system will move into the Midstate late Monday, bringing us a good chance of rain and some thunderstorms. At this point I’m not concerned about our severe weather potential, but we’ll keep a close eye on things over the next several days, just in case.
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