Today is Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Forecast says SNOW!

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This chance of winter weather is from a low pressure expected to move over Florida and South Georgia and moving east, said Jim Moser, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

“This is our first real, real chance of any snow,” he said of this weekend’s forecast.

Computer models indicate snow is a real possibility east of the Nashville International Airport and that up to an inch of snow may fall in the Cumberland Plateau.

Snow is entirely appropriate this time of year, of course, as winter officially begins at 11:47 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21. Showers move back into the forecast for Wednesday with a 60 percent chance of rain and a high near 45. As for Christmas Day, when most everyone wants to see snow (you know you do), Moser said “Let me look at the crystal ball here.”

As of right now, it looks like there will be a low pressure system over the Plains on Tuesday which brings the rain here on Wednesday and essentially moves across the Middle Tennessee area. If there’s enough moisture and the temperatures are cold enough by Friday, Dec. 25, “we could get some snow on Christmas Day,” he said.

He cautioned, however, next Friday is a long way off, meteorologically speaking, and the forecast could very well change between now and then.

There is only about 7 to 8 percent chance of snow falling on Christmas Day in this area. Bobby Boyd, another meteorologist at the NWS, said the last measurable snowfall on Christmas Day was in 1993 when 0.3 inches was measured. The largest snowfall on Dec. 25 was in 1969 when 2.7 inches was measured.

Moser said if you are out and about this weekend and next week, perhaps doing some last minute Christmas shopping, be careful when driving. Some people may not be used to driving on slick roads, he said, and added to try and leave earlier to allow for additional travel time to where you are going. Be sure your vehicle is ready for winter, and if you have not done so already, be sure to check your anti-freeze and tires. Also, pay attention to local weather reports on TV or commercial or NOAA weather radio.

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