Christmas Weather in Nashville, Tennessee



Christmas Weather in Nashville, Tennessee

Snow has been measured in Nashville since the winter of 1884-85
when the Army Signal Corps began taking snow measurements
in addition to temperature...rainfall and wind measurements that
began in November 1870. Since that time snow has fallen twenty 
four times on Christmas Day in Nashville...and only ten with
measurable amounts.  The last time that snow fell on Christmas
Day in Nashville was in 2010 when 1.1 inches was observed. A
trace of snow fell in 2002 and in 1995. Measurable snow fell on
Christmas Day in 1993 and in 1992 when 0.3 inch was measured
each Christmas. 1992 and 1993 are the only consecutive Christmases
on record with measurable snowfall. The largest snow to fall on
Christmas Day fell in 1969 when 2.7 inches was measured.

The warmest Christmas on record was in 1982 when the high was 72
degrees and the low was 64 degrees. The coldest Christmas on record
was one year later in 1983 when the high for Christmas Day was
15 degrees and the low was a frigid -5 degrees. There was also a trace
of snow on Christmas day in 1983.

The wettest Christmas on record was in 1987 when 2.37 inches of
rain fell.

On Christmas night in 1964 a tornado cut a million dollar damage path
from Whispering Hills section of Nashville to near Una around 11:50 pm.

Statistically Nashville has an 18 percent chance of seeing a trace or
more of snow on Christmas Day with an 8 percent chance of getting
measurable snow.

Below is the daily weather map for Christmas Day December 25th 1969
at 6 A. M..C.S.T.

A mix of rain and sleet began to fall on Christmas Eve in Nashville.
From midnight Christmas morning until 3 A.M...a mix of rain and
snow fell...changing to all snow that continued through noon on
Christmas Day...then the snow became mixed with rain and
continued during the afternoon before changing to snow and
drizzle Christmas Evening. The high temperature Christmas Day
was 35 degrees and the low was 32 degrees. A total of 2.7 inches
of snow fell on Christmas Day in Nashville. The snow had a
high water content and with the temperatures just above freezing
for much of the event it made for a slushy road surface.

Daily Weather Map for Christmas Day 1969

Bobby Boyd
National Weather Service
Nashville, Tennessee


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