The snowflakes that fell on Halloween were not the first to fall on that spooky holiday. Many of us remember the 2014 snow on Halloween, but there was also snow on Halloween of 1993.
What’s interesting is that the Halloween snow of 2014 was followed by our terrible ice storm in February of 2015.
The Halloween snow of 1993 was followed by an unusually severe ice storm for much of Middle Tennessee in February of 1994.
Perhaps the pattern that favored a colder end to October favored colder weather in February in those years?
It is also interesting that we have gone three winters in a row without a winter storm on the Cumberland Plateau. That is bizarre, especially when we average around twelve inches of total snow accumulation each year. Is snow on Halloween an indication that this streak ends with the winter of 2019-2020?
Let’s just hope that if we must get wintry precipitation that it falls as snowflakes and not as sleet pellets!
As I say with every winter forecast, prepare for the worst and hope for the best.