Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Rain Has Arrived

Quite a bit of moisture is in place and we expect most of today to be a wash-out and all of tonight and Wednesday to be as well. We could see as much as 2" of rain out of this weather system. *RADAR*

36-Hour Quickie Forecast:
80% shower chances for Tuesday, high of 68°
100% chance of showers with possibly a thunderstorm, low 55° on Tuesday night
100% chance of showers with possibly a thunderstorm, high of 58° on Wednesday
20% chance of showers, low 36° on Wednesday night

Chilly weather on tap for Thursday with sunshine and a high of just 50°. A warming trend appears for Friday through Sunday!

*Latest Local Forecast*

This is Winter Weather Awareness Week across Tennessee! 
Winter Weather events may cause short-lived travel problems. However, Tennessee has experienced more significant winter storms in the past, such as:

  • 1993 "Storm of the Century": Storm of the Century brings heavy snow to the Cumberland Plateau. Crossville sets a station record with an 18" accumulation. Allardt sets its own one-day snowfall record, with 14.1", as well as Winchester, with 10½".
  • 2003 January Winter Storm: A major snowstorm strikes the mid state, with Nashville reporting 7" of snow -- much more than was forecast -- becoming the city's biggest snowfall in nearly 7 years. The snow begins falling around 8:00 a.m., and by mid-day the city is paralyzed with blocked interstates, numerous accidents, and large-scale gridlock.
  • 1988 January Winter Storm: A snowstorm brings widespread accumulation to the mid state. Some snowfall totals include Lawrenceburg, with 10", Nashville, 8.1", and Crossville, 6".
  • 2011 January 10 Winter Storm: 8 to 12 inches of snow falls over parts of Giles, Lawrence and Marshall Counties.
  • January 1918 New Year's Storm: Dickson receives its greatest snowstorm ever, with an accumulation of 15".
Tennessee does experience winter weather--and now is the perfect time of the year to check your winter preparedness plans.
  • Make sure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it.
  • Make sure you have a means of receiving winter weather information, and be prepared in case you have no way to travel.
  • If you must travel in winter weather, be sure to have a Winter Weather Preparedness Kit in your vehicle.
    • An ideal Winter Weather Preparedness Kit should include the following:
      • A mobile phone (and charger), batteries, blankets, sleeping bags, a first aid kit, a knife, plenty of high calorie non-perishable food items, extra clothing, waterproof matches, sand or cat litter for traction, a shovel, a windshield scraper and brush, a tool kit, a tow rope, battery jumper cables, water containers, road maps and GPS equipment.

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