Posted by: martysweather | January 14, 2009

1/14/2009 @ Bedford County, Tennessee

I have reliable eyewitness reports that there was a considerable amount of Snow in Bedford County Tuesday afternoon…at about 4,500 feet above Sea Level. The average terrain here how ever is mostly about 800 feet above sea level, so most folks missed it. This cold air is just to dry to allow precipitation to make it all the way to the ground. The Sun is up and beaming in my window this morning and after a Cold start from our current 17 degrees we are heading to the 40’s and increasing Clouds. Winds are Southerly today but shifting North West tonight. The next wind shift will bring a mass of Cold air that could be the coldest we have seen in 16 years. High on Thursday may not be above 25 degrees and tomorrow night here in the out lying areas of the County I expect we will see 0 degrees or less. Today’s relatively mild weather will be a good opportunity to prepare for this extreme weather event. CHECK YOUR VEHICLE ANTI-FREEZE. Feed your livestock as much as they will eat and drain exposed water lines, bring in your pets. This extreme cold will not last long but it only takes a few hours to do a lot of damage. Now for the facts.

Temperature is 17 degrees but headed to 45 before the big drop. We hit a low of 12 tonight and only up to maybe 25 on Thursday and zero Thursday night.

Barometer is 30.22″ and Rising briefly then Falling this evening. By morning the Pressure should rise sharply with the strong air mass bringing us our very Cold weather.

Humidity is 78% and dropping with our reinforcing dry cold air mass.

Wind Southerly to day and Shifting Northwest this evening and perhaps gusty at times.

Sky starts Clear but quickly we see clouds today and tonight. Thursday mostly Sunny and Clear Thursday night.

Summary for today is increasing Clouds but dry. Colder tonight and clearing. Very cold Thursday and dangerously Cold tomorrow night. Be prepared.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
504 AM CST WED JAN 14 2009
TNZ005>011-022>034-056>066-075-077>080-093>095-141915-
STEWART-MONTGOMERY-ROBERTSON-SUMNER-MACON-CLAY-PICKETT-BENTON-
HOUSTON-HUMPHREYS-DICKSON-CHEATHAM-DAVIDSON-WILSON-TROUSDALE-
SMITH-JACKSON-PUTNAM-OVERTON-FENTRESS-PERRY-HICKMAN-LEWIS-
WILLIAMSON-MAURY-MARSHALL-RUTHERFORD-CANNON-DEKALB-WHITE-
CUMBERLAND-BEDFORD-COFFEE-WARREN-GRUNDY-VAN BUREN-WAYNE-LAWRENCE-
GILES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…DOVER…CLARKSVILLE…SPRINGFIELD…
GALLATIN…LAFAYETTE…CELINA…BYRDSTOWN…CAMDEN…ERIN…
WAVERLY…DICKSON…ASHLAND CITY…KINGSTON SPRINGS…NASHVILLE…
LEBANON…MOUNT JULIET…HARTSVILLE…CARTHAGE…GAINESBORO…
COOKEVILLE…LIVINGSTON…JAMESTOWN…ALLARDT…LINDEN…
LOBELVILLE…CENTERVILLE…HOHENWALD…FRANKLIN…BRENTWOOD…
COLUMBIA…LEWISBURG…MURFREESBORO…WOODBURY…SMITHVILLE…
SPARTA…CROSSVILLE…FAIRFIELD GLADE…SHELBYVILLE…TULLAHOMA…
MANCHESTER…MCMINNVILLE…TRACY CITY…ALTAMONT…COALMONT…
SPENCER…WAYNESBORO…LAWRENCEBURG…PULASKI
504 AM CST WED JAN 14 2009
BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES ARE HEADED FOR THE MID STATE…AND COLD
WEATHER SAFETY WILL BE A MUST.
THE EDGE OF A LARGE…AND FRIGID…ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM
WILL ENTER THE MID STATE LATE TODAY…AND THEN SPREAD ACROSS THE
AREA TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL DROP
INTO THE TEENS TONIGHT…BUT WILL PLUNGE TO BETWEEN ZERO AND FIVE
DEGREES THURSDAY NIGHT. SOME OF THE NORMALLY COLDER LOCATIONS COULD
SEE READINGS SLIP A FEW DEGREES BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILL READINGS
WILL RANGE BETWEEN ZERO AND TEN BELOW THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING. TEMPERATURES THIS COLD CAN POSE A NUMBER OF DANGERS…
…MOST IMPORTANTLY…IT CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH.
EXTENDED EXPOSURE TO BITTER COLD CAN CAUSE FROSTBITE OR
HYPOTHERMIA. IF POSSIBLE…STAY INDOORS. IF YOU HAVE TO GO
OUTSIDE…LIMIT YOUR TIME IN THE COLD…AND BUNDLE UP WITH
COAT…CAP…AND GLOVES.
…CHECK ON THE ELDERLY TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ADEQUATE HEAT…AND
BRING PETS INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
…EXPOSED WATER PIPES WILL ALSO BE AT RISK OF BURSTING. HOWEVER…
YOU CAN REDUCE THE RISK…BY INSULATING PIPES WITH DRY MATERIAL
…AND LEAVING A THIN…TRICKLE…OF WATER RUNNING AT INDOOR
FAUCETS. LOCATE YOUR SHUT OFF VALVE…SO THAT YOU CAN TURN YOUR
WATER OFF QUICKLY…IF YOUR PIPES SHOULD BREAK.
…BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN USING SPACE HEATERS…AND BE SURE SMOKE
DETECTORS ARE IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION. A MAN…IN NEBRASKA…
RECENTLY DIED…WHEN HE PLACED A SPACE HEATER TOO CLOSE TO
COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS…BEFORE GOING TO BED.
AFTER THE TEMPERATURES DROP BELOW THE FREEZING MARK TONIGHT…
THEY ARE NOT EXPECTED TO WARM BACK ABOVE FREEZING UNTIL SATURDAY
AFTERNOON.
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