April 6: Wintry Weekend

Rain across the area this evening. Temperatures will remain cool in the 50s until the overnight hours. This afternoon in Nashville with a cloudy sky the high reached 59°.
 Cold air will spread across the Mid State through the early morning. The combination of the cold air and wind will make for a biting start to the day…feeling like the mid 20s for many.  Where is spring?
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The cold air means rain will mix with sleet and possibly some snow near the TN/KY state line. Here’s the latest timeline with Futurecast.
The good news is we’re not expecting any accumulating snow. Just a light dusting is possible for elevated surfaces.
Saturday afternoon the sky will begin to clear but it will be cold!!! With 44° for the forecast high, that would tie the record low maximum for the April 7.
One result of the clearing sky Saturday night, we’ll wake up to at or below freezing temperatures on Sunday. A Freeze Watch has been issued for most of Middle Tennessee for Saturday night into Sunday morning.  A freeze warning is in the dark purple area for a few counties in our northwest viewing area early tomorrow morning.
There is good news it will warm to the 50’s that afternoon.
Showers are back in the forecast early Monday before drying out by afternoon. Expect things to warm up Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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I’ll have an update 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 April 6: Wintry Weekend

  1. Fred says:

    Coldest April temps since 2007.

    Recent cold spell is the most severe for April in 11 years. Today’s low of 30 degrees was the lowest April temperature since 23 deg. measured on the Easter morning (same date) in 2007, incidentally, the lowest Easter temperature on record. That reading tied the record low for the month of April, first set in 1982, on the 7th. Yesterday’s daily mean of 38 degrees was, likewise, the lowest in 11 years. The all-time record is 30.5, measured on April 1st, 1881, when the maximum temperature was a very wintry 33. Even though yesterday’s high was 45 (a full 23 degrees below the norm), it occurred shortly past midnight, and during daytime temps hovered below the 40 mark, fairly close to that frigid record from 137 years ago. As can be seen from the chart below, yesterday’s readings were good enough to be represented among the record lows of the last 7+ decades, viz:

    False spring in Middle Tennessee has often been followed by cold snaps in March and April, and this year proved to be no different. Hopefully, this is the last gasp for the cold, as the forecast seems to confirm.

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