Winter Weather events may cause short-lived travel problems. However, Tennessee has experienced more significant winter storms in the past, such as:
- 1993 "Storm of the Century": Storm of the Century brings heavy snow to the Cumberland Plateau. Crossville sets a station record with an 18" accumulation. Allardt sets its own one-day snowfall record, with 14.1", as well as Winchester, with 10½".
- 2003 January Winter Storm: A major snowstorm strikes the mid state, with Nashville reporting 7" of snow -- much more than was forecast -- becoming the city's biggest snowfall in nearly 7 years. The snow begins falling around 8:00 a.m., and by mid-day the city is paralyzed with blocked interstates, numerous accidents, and large-scale gridlock.
- 1988 January Winter Storm: A snowstorm brings widespread accumulation to the mid state. Some snowfall totals include Lawrenceburg, with 10", Nashville, 8.1", and Crossville, 6".
- 2011 January 10 Winter Storm: 8 to 12 inches of snow falls over parts of Giles, Lawrence and Marshall Counties.
- January 1918 New Year's Storm: Dickson receives its greatest snowstorm ever, with an accumulation of 15".
Tennessee does experience winter weather--and now is the perfect time of the year to check your winter preparedness plans.
- Make sure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it.
- Make sure you have a means of receiving winter weather information, and be prepared in case you have no way to travel.
- If you must travel in winter weather, be sure to have a Winter Weather Preparedness Kit in your vehicle.
- An ideal Winter Weather Preparedness Kit should include the following:
- A mobile phone (and charger), batteries, blankets, sleeping bags, a first aid kit, a knife, plenty of high calorie non-perishable food items, extra clothing, waterproof matches, sand or cat litter for traction, a shovel, a windshield scraper and brush, a tool kit, a tow rope, battery jumper cables, water containers, road maps and GPS equipment.
Some notable winter time severe weather and heavy rain events include:
- January 1999: Clarksville is struck by an F3 tornado before dawn. Five persons are injured. F3 tornado also strikes Benton County, killing 1 and injuring 5. Mount Pleasant (1 N) measures 7.10" of rainfall -- its greatest one-day rainfall ever.
- January 1997- A rare winter severe weather outbreak results in 12 tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, injuring 31 persons and causing damage in excess of $9 million. Amazingly, there are no fatalities. Barfield, near Murfreesboro, is hit by an F4. This is the 7th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
- February 2008- One of the worst tornado outbreaks in Middle Tennessee strikes during the evening and early morning of the 6th. Fifteen tornadoes touch down across the mid state, including an EF-3 that kills 22 persons in Sumner, Trousdale, and Macon Counties -- the deadliest single tornado in Middle Tennessee in nearly 75 years. This is the 5th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
- February 1880- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for February, with 5.20". This caps off a three-day total of 7.65", another Nashville record.
- March 1997- The Red River is out of its banks due to heavy rainfall. Local law enforcement reports 4 to 6 feet of water in the Belmont Subdivision near Clarksville. Sixty homes are affected by flooding in Montgomery County. A cooperative weather observer in Clarksville reports about 5.25" of rain between March 1 and March 3.