Ma Nature ends the year with a boom!

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Main Threats

Today: Strong to severe thunderstorms this evening. Straight-line winds are the main threat. Strong winds throughout the day could gust to 45 mph.

Thursday night: Light snow?

Summary

We’ll see scattered showers as we go through the day. While we’re dodging these showers, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the radar and watching for a developing line of strong to severe storms that will quickly cross our state this evening. The line is expected to be near Nashville around 3:00 p.m. and quickly race toward the plateau.

The storm will be capable of damaging straight-line winds, though an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our area in the slight risk for severe storms this evening.

The first day of the new year looks cloudy but dry. Then, our attention turns to our next storm system. There are strong indications this morning that Wednesday night should be just warm enough to give us all rain. That still needs to be watched, but right now it looks like another cold rain. As that system begins to move out Thursday night, enough cold air may move in to change the rain to snow. This is a system that needs to be monitored closely but we need to get through today’s storms first.

Below is the expected timing of the storms.

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The wind advisory for today goes into effect at 9:00 a.m.image7

A slight risk of severe storms covers all of Middle TN.image21

Records

This was a white New Year’s Eve in 1997. Around 2-5 inches of snow covered all of East TN, with 4-8 inches in the Smoky Mtns.

On this day in 1967, the city of Portland, TN, located just north of Nashville, recorded it’s greatest one-day snowfall on record. Up to 7 inches of snow fell.

On this day in 1927 a very strong cold front crossed Tennessee. The high in Nashville was 58 degrees on this day in 1927, but the first day of January 1928 would bring a high of only two degrees! That is a wild temperature roller coaster ride!

On this day in 1963 a freak winter storm dropped 15 inches of snow on Meridian, Mississippi, 10.5 inches on Bay St Louis, Mississippi, and 4.5 inches on New Orleans. These locations hardly ever see so much as a flurry!

Almanac

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Sunrise: 6:50

Sunset: 4:36

Day Length: 9 hrs 46 mins 11 secs

Tomorrow’s Day Length: 9 hrs 46 mins 47 secs

One Year Ago Today

It was cold a year ago today! The high here in Crossville only reached 25 degrees, after a morning low of only 9 degrees. There was no precipitation and winds were practically calm all day, with some breezes to 10 mph during the afternoon. Skies were fair to cloudy.

You all have a great New Year’s Eve! I’ll keep you posted on the weather!

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