(This article was updated 01/08/14)
Frigid Arctic Air settled over Middle Tennessee Tuesday morning,
dropping temperatures below zero along the Cumberland
Plateau and to around zero over most of the remainder of the
Mid-State. It was the coldest air we had seen in Middle
Tennessee in quite some time. Crossville handily broke its old
record low for January 7, of -4 degrees , when the mercury
plunged to a shockingly bitter -9 degrees.
Sub-zero readings were observed at other locations as well.
Including, Manchester (-8), Fall Creek Falls (-8), Jamestown (-8),
Monterey (-6), Joelton (-5), Charlotte (-4), Lebanon (-4),
Sparta (-4), Woodbury (-4), Christiana (-3), Lafayette (-3),
Smithville (-3), White House (-3), Brentwood (-2), Burns (-2),
Byrdstown (-2), Centerville (-2), Lewisburg (-2), Wartrace (-2),
KIngston Springs (-1), Lobelville (-1), Rock Island (-1), Thompson
Station (-1), and WFO Old Hickory (-1).
The low at Nashville International Airport was 2 degrees.
So, the question that is probably on many people's minds
right now is: Will we see any more bitter cold outbreaks
of Arctic Air in the near future? Well, right now it looks like
the answer is: probably.
By the end of this week, the frigid cold will be all but a memory,
as temperatures soar into the 50s to lower 60s.
However, the extended forecast models show more cold
air gathering over northwest Canada as we approach mid-January,
and a pretty good chance for it to come sliding down toward the
Mid-State as we head toward January 20th.
So, enjoy the upcoming mild spell this weekend and next week,
because we very well could see more frigid air sliding our way
as we head toward the 20th.