Today is Thursday, August 24, 2017

More snow?

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There is a possibility of more snow this weekend, but so far it doesn’t look like there will be as much as this past weekend.

Forecasts on Tuesday called for 1-3 inches depending on how the storm system tracks. Some computer models from the National Weather Service showed a low pressure system moving more easterly than northeasterly from the Louisiana area and the way it how it tracks will determine how much snow the Middle Tennessee area receives.

Generally speaking, local forecasts call for a high in the mid 40s today with a low tonight of about 28.

Thursday’s high should be about 46 and the low Thursday night at around 38 with a chance of rain

Friday will have a chance of precipitation and it will be breezy with a high in the low 40s and a low Friday night of about 34. The rain is expected to change to snow Friday and Saturday when the high will be in the upper 30s. The low Saturday night should be about 27.

Sunday should be cloudy with a high of 41 and a low of 27 Sunday night.

There is a chance of snow Monday and Tuesday with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s and lows in the upper 20s.

Of course, as is traditional each Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog (related to the rodent, but from the cuter side of the rodent family, sort of) made his annual appearance early Tuesday morning. And don’t you know it, the little critter saw his shadow, which means winter will last another six weeks.

According to German tradition, if an animal that hibernates during the winter sees its shadow on Feb. 2 which is also the Christian holiday of Candlemas, then winter lasts another six weeks. If the animal does not see his shadow, then that means spring will come early.

A large number of people gathered in Gobbler’s Knob, more than 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pa., to hear this year’s pronouncement from the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at dawn.

Upon said pronouncement, the crowed booed. Phil looked like he could not have cared less. His winter hibernation, after all, had been interrupted.

According to the Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow about 100 times since 1887, but there is a period of nine years when no records were kept.

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