January 8: Big Temperatures Changes

Unsettled pattern this week but there will be a warm up. Today was close to seasonal with a high of 43°, the average is 46°. Some folks along the Plateau were greeted by icy conditions this morning, but that was all gone by mid morning.

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It was just rain around Nashville. The airport reported .28″. Just to put a little perspective on the day, check out this fun fact for this date in history:

January 8, 1886…A winter storm system ushers in one of the worst cold outbreaks in mid state history. A strong cold front brings 3.7″ of snow to Nashville, and drops the temperature from a high of 35 degrees to -8 the following morning. For the next 3 days, the temperature does not rise above 8 degrees, and the low temperature drops to 0 or below for five consecutive mornings, falling to -9 degrees on the morning of January 11.

Yikes!  Now back to tonight lingering moisture keeps drizzle and fog around tonight and Tuesday. A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for Middle Tennessee through 9am tomorrow morning, visibility could drop to less than a 1/4 of a mile. There will be a big warm up as temperatures will warm to the lower 50s tomorrow.

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This warmer pattern continues as Wednesday will be in the lower 60s and Thursday will reach the upper 60s. By Thursday, a strong cold front approaches and it will increase the chances of rain.

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This system means more rain for Friday with a sharp drop in temperatures as the front passes by.  Friday night some frozen precipitation may start to form.

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Snow showers will be possible early Saturday morning. Flurries will likely linger throughout the day.   Some guidance models are suggesting that we could see 1-2″ of snow, but it is very early to hang a hat on any projected snow totals.

I hope you check out my update tonight on News 4 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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1 Response to January 8: Big Temperatures Changes

  1. Fred says:

    Some more weather trivia. The first seven days of January 2018 were 4th-coldest and the coldest in 131(!) years.

    Coldest start to January in Nashville (7 days)

    1. 1879 17.9

    2. 1884 19.8

    3. 1887 20.2

    4. 2018 21.4

    5. 1928 22.3

    Considering that there are 144 Januaries on record, that’s quite impressive, to say the least. 0.30″ of rain/sleet today ended 14 day-long streak w/o measurable precipitation at the airport. This is not a record, but quite long for wintertime in Nashville. The most consecutive days with no measurable precipitation in winter is 19 (the all-time record is 36, from September – October, 1923), and it has happened three times:

    Jan. 24 – Feb.11, 1992

    Dec. 4 – Dec.22, 1958

    Jan. 28 – Feb. 15, 1954

    The longest dry spell from the start of year is 17 days, which occurred in 1986, in what remains by far the driest January ever, tied for the 5th-driest month overall, with only 0.19″ of precipitation.

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