January ties winter weather record

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 11:55am
Staff reports

The year 2010 swept into Nashville with an arctic blast – it was so cold, in fact, that the first 13 days of the year tied a 1942 record for the coldest start of any January on record.

The average temperature of those first 13 days was 22.3 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

At Nashville International Airport, the average temperature for the month was 33 degrees – 3.8 degrees below normal. It was the 18th coldest January on record and the coldest since 2003.

After a frigid start to the new year, Middle Tennessee experienced a few spring-like days with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. On Jan. 19 and Jan. 21 temperatures reached highs of 62 degrees.

Those pleasantly warm days were followed by a dramatic drop in temperature that accompanied a winter storm that dumped 3-6 inches of snow across the Midstate.

On the afternoon and night of Jan. 29, an average of 3-6 inches of snow was recorded across the Midstate, according to the NWS. Sleet and freezing rain became a problem with some trees down and power outages. Snow- and ice-covered roadways kept emergency crews busy clearing roads and responding to car accidents.

For the Nashville area, this was the biggest snow event since the Jan. 16 storm of 2003, NWS said in a release.

An earlier snow event Jan. 7-9 dusted the Midstate with 1-2 inches of snow.

Nashville snowfall for January was 4.6 inches, and total precipitation was 4.13 inches -- .16 inches above normal.