Winter is Not Over

The rodent meteorologist, Punxatawny Phil saw his shadow today and declared 6 more weeks of winter.  That is not surprising, as he makes that prediction most of the time. I mentioned some of those figures in my blog last night, check it out here. Now if that is not the message you were hoping for, you might like our Tennessee Groundhog’s forecast better. Chattanooga Chuck did not see his shadow at the Tennessee Aquarium, so he says, spring is coming early.

My girl Lucy who is apart of my “Back Deck Weather” on Facebook live each day made her own prediction today. Click on Lucy the Weather Dog.

Well enough of the animal predictions, here’s what I’m expecting for the next several days.  Winter is definitely not over yet as we will have one of the coldest nights we’ve had in a few weeks. As the sky clears tonight, the temperature will drop to 25 degrees in Nashville.  It will possibly reach the upper teens in some spots to the north.

There are a few showers tonight mainly south of I-40, moving east. There have even been a few reports of sleet tonight, one in Bellevue another in Murfreesboro. This will not be a big deal.  The showers will exit tonight.

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Tomorrow will feature more sunshine, with just a few showers possible to the south again.  It will be cold, falling below average, in the low 40s for highs. The weekend will start off on a dry note Saturday, but another disturbance will move in Saturday bringing some rain. That rain lingers into Sunday morning.  Of course many folks don’t care about weather Sunday afternoon because they’ll be inside watching the Super Bowl.  If you do, Sunday afternoon will be drier with an afternoon high in the mid 50s.   Rain returns late Monday with yet another disturbance.


The drought monitor is out today.  All the January rain has helped.  It is still dry across the southern part of Middle Tennessee.


One interesting footnote is that for the first time since March 2011, there is no where in the U.S. experiencing “exceptional drought”.  That is terrific news.


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

Lisa Spencer



About Lisa Spencer

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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