Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cold Tuesday; Major Winter Storm Ahead

SNOW SHOWERS: A blustery, cold day is on tap in Middle Tennessee and Cookeville today with a chance of snow showers during the mid-morning hours. Temperatures will struggle to reach 35° this afternoon under a cloudy sky. Expect winds to be on the brisk side with 10 to 15 mph sustained and gusts reaching 20 mph. Most cloudy tonight and very cold with an overnight low of 23°. Warmer Wednesday with highs in the middle 40's. That will be our best day and things begin to go downhill from there. Cold rain for Thursday turning into a sleet, ice, snow winter event Thursday night through Saturday. Significant accumulations are expected. A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT is in effect.

Weather History for This Date

On January 26, 1832...
The Sparta Recorder and Law Journal reports that a cold snap drops temperatures to -18 degrees at Sparta, -26 degrees at McMinnville, and -18 degrees at Nashville. (The official all-time record low at Nashville is -17.)
On January 26, 1940...
Temperature at Waynesboro drops to -21, setting an all-time record low, as does Palmetto (-20), Murfreesboro (-19), and Ashwood (-17).

Daily Weather Story
Amazing story and photos from the January 26-28, 2009 ICE STORM in Kentucky. You cannot even begin to imagine the destruction until you take a look at these photos.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Yesterday's high: 49.5° (winds gusted to 25 mph yesterday)
Yesterday's low: 31.1°
Normal High: 46°
Record: 71° in 1989
Normal Low: 25°
Record: -13° in 1940
Last Year: 37.3° and 29.0°
.99" of rain fell on this date in 1978
3.6" of snow fell in 1978
5" of snow on the ground in 1940
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Anonymous said...

Wow, looks like Nat'l Weather service really is taking this upcoming weather VERY seriously. Their wording makes it sound very severe. I know it will be very tough, but do you have any type of expected accumulation at this time when this is all said and done?

Michael Detwiler said...

Thanks for the comment. They are taking this, as they do even the most benign forecasts, seriously.

As far as your question about accumulation, it is tough to make a call this early, but the thinking is around 2-4" range with locally higher amounts. That would (if the 4+" threshold is expected) qualify for the Winter Storm Warning designation to be issued around the 24 hour window.

Again, thanks for the comment, don't hold me to those amounts. Way too early to call and they could be more or less! :)


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