Remembering a historic snowstorm

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For our Sunday, we’ll see decreasing clouds as we go through the day. That should lead to some nice sunshine by this afternoon and evening. That sunshine should stay with us through Monday. By Tuesday, clouds will be on the increase again, ahead of our next storm system.

That storm system will bring slight rain chances Tuesday afternoon, but the bulk of the action should hold off until Tuesday night. Winds will likely pick up on Tuesday with this system and remain gusty through Tuesday night.

Rain and clouds should move out by Wednesday afternoon. The break will be short-lived, as we enter a mild but unsettled pattern. I think Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be alright, for the most part. We’ll see lots of clouds but any precip should be light and isolated.

The next BIG system arrives next weekend, with very high rain chances and even a chance for severe storms. That will be followed by a good shot of cold air. That’s all a bit too far out to be too specific about anything, but definitively something to keep in mind for those traveling next weekend. I’ll be watching it all!

Normally, you would get the Sunday Story at this point. I have a story, that’s for sure, but it’s still circulating through local papers. The Crossville Chronicle will be publishing that story soon and I feel it’s appropriate to wait until they have published it before I share it here.

I do have a bit of story, though.

On this day in 1950 we had a HUGE snowstorm! The Cumberland Plateau was buried under 1-2 feet of snow! Can you imagine?!

The storm is known as the Great Appalachian storm. It affected the entire Appalachian Mountain chain and dropped feet of snow on folks farther north than us. Some places in the Ohio Valley had up to five feet of snow!

This remains one of the costliest storms in US history, surpassing many hurricanes for damages inflicted. At least 160 people lost their lives in the storm.

In the weeks following the record snowstorm, temps soared and were much above normal. This led to rapid snow melt and unprecedented flooding throughout the mountains. December of 1950 was a rough month!

Pictured below is the snow map from this storm. What a storm that was! Notice how far south the snow fell.

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NOTE: While our company will be closed Wednesday-Sunday, I will continue to update the blog with Thanksgiving weather and travel info.

You all have a great Sunday!

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