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This Week: 2 Unimpressive Chances for Flurries, Meh

Sunday • High 49°

Finally, the sun comes out. Warmer. A bit breezy. We may even reach the lower 50°s.

Monday • 23°/55°

Another cold start, but more sun, more southwest winds, therefore warmer.

Tuesday • 34°/41° • Chance of Flurries

A small area of low pressure will streak across Middle Tennessee Monday night into Tuesday morning. This will bring sprinkles and some flurries mainly across the plateau, but we could see a few flakes fly over here.

For those new to the area, the Plateau is over there, to the east.

The NAM3 model shows snow moving down I-24 from Kentucky before sunrise Tuesday morning, then weakening as it crosses into Tennessee and generally avoiding us:

Although the model looks kinda snowy, for us this snow will melt and not accumulate. Remember it’ll be near 50° today and 55° Monday, at those temps it will be hard for the snow to stick. Models are not showing “regular” snow and certainly not “heavy” snow, it’s really closer to flurries. The NAM3 model shows no accumulation anywhere in Davidson or Williamson County.

The Euro model is also not impressed:

The GFS agrees, this is a weak system without impact to us.

Have the models been wrong before? Sure. But I’m not excited/panicked with this event.

The Plateau, though, could see minor accumulation, maybe up to 1″ at the highest elevations.

Wednesday • 23°/43° • Dry and Cold.

Thursday • 32°/51° • Rain/Snow Chances Return.

We don’t really know when, though. Models are all over the place.

The Euro model thinks it’ll be all rain for us Thursday morning.

The GFS is dry Thursday, with a chance of a few flurries passing just north and east of us Friday morning, a full 24 hours later than the Euro:

NWS-Nashville split the difference:

The next system will come in for Thursday and Friday. Temps will warm a little ahead of the system Thursday, then drop off again for Friday. Once again, very light rain/snow may occur.

Friday • 30°/47°

Even if the above precip (a) exists (b) actually gets here (c) in the form of snow, high temps well into the 40°s will eliminate any impacts to work, school, travel, etc.

But, as always 5 days away from an “event,” draw few conclusions. The truth is these models don’t really know what’s going to happen here. Stay tuned.

Saturday • 32°/56°

I’ll leave you with hope, cold-haters:

The cold pattern will finally start to loosen its grip over the weekend and into next week. Highs may climb into the 60°s for some areas.

Finally, a note about Patreon

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