Winter’s Chill Moves in Tonight

This is the last day of well above average temperatures for a while, cold air moves in tonight.  Today the high reached 59 degrees in Nashville, well above the average of 47. A front also kept things cloudy most of the day with a few showers and rumbles of thunder across the area. The front opens the door for the cooler air which will stick around for a few

The low will drop down the the low to mid 30s by morning. You’ll need those coats tomorrow.

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A few snowflakes may mix with some showers both Thursday and Friday along the Cumberland Plateau, but most won’t see it. The chilly air sticks around for the weekend.  Another disturbance drops in Sunday that brings another chance of rain and snow on Sunday.  We’ll keep you updated on that possibility.


As you know January tends to be out coldest month of the year.  Climate Central took a look at our lows for the month and they found that episodes of extremely cold mornings are becoming much less frequent. Another sign of our warming Earth.


A warmer winter brings it’s own concerns. We could see more disease carrying insects with out extreme cold to kill them off. Fruit trees will blossom too early and increase pollen leading to allergy issues among other things.  Less snow is bad for winter resort business and irrigation in many locations. You can read more about winter warming by clicking here.


I’ll have an update on the forecast on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer




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Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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6 Responses to Winter’s Chill Moves in Tonight

  1. Fred says:

    It’s interesting to note that of the ten warmest Januarys in Nashville, only 1 occurred fairly recently – in 2006 and that one was just good enough to close out the top 10:
    1880 52.4
    1890 49.0
    1907 48.8
    1950 48.7
    1937 47.0
    1933 47.0
    1876 46.8
    1949 46.5
    1932 46.4
    This month is likely to make some changes to that list as the last 6 days will probably be average to slightly below average for the season. So, even though we may not see those old records challenged in the near future, it seems the trend for warmer months and years overall is rather firmly established. Finally, speaking of records, on this day 67 years ago, Nashville experienced its warmest ever day of calendar winter, with the daily high of 78 and the low at 66, giving an incredible daily mean of 72F appropriate for late May – early June. The deviation of 34 degrees from the norm is the single greatest excess of temperature observed in Nashville.

  2. Lisa Spencer says:

    Nice research Fred. Did you do this yourself using NOWdata?

  3. Fred says:

    Appreciate your appreciation of my research efforts, Lisa!
    Yes, I did it on my own. While NOWdata offers identical results, I prefer this datasource, as it offers more options.

  4. Fred says:

    With the “June-uary” now in the books, the modified top 10 looks like this:
    Warmest Januarys in Nashville
    1880 52.4
    1890 49.0
    1907 48.8
    1950 48.7
    2017 47.0
    1937 47.0
    1933 47.0
    1876 46.8
    1949 46.5
    1932 46.4
    2006 has been bumped a notch down the ladder, at 46.1, it sits in 11th place. January of 1937 (the rainiest of them all) and the one of 1933, which share spots 5 thru 7 with the last month, as well as that of 1890, are the only 3 months of their name with zero snowfall, not even a trace. It would only be reasonable to add the freakishly warm January of 1880 to that list, however, snow records for Nashville date back only to 1885. That month along with September 1925 and August 2007 are the only months, to my knowledge, when every single day was warmer than average.

  5. Lisa Spencer says:

    Great…good to know Fred. Thanks for the information.

  6. Fred says:

    Welcome, Lisa. Glad to be of use to you.

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