Could we see a White Christmas?

As displayed in the picture of Nancy Duncan Chambers home in Robbins, TN, Scott County has officially seen it’s first snowfall of the season.

As the first snow of the year dusted the ground last Saturday, December 9, 2017. With less than two weeks until Christmas, the flurry of snow in the air left many wondering if the county will see a white Christmas. Temperatures barely got above freezing, and wind chills were blisteringly cold as the precipitation continued throughout the night. Despite the cold temperatures, the precipitation failed to accumulate to more than a light dusting.

Despite the lack of depth, the snowfall has a way of getting people in the Christmas spirit, and having a white Christmas is what most folks dream of here.

The Farmer’s Almanac has been used since 1818 to predict long-range weather conditions. Shocking enough, their methods have been known to be strangely accurate. Unlike, the National Weather Service with satellites and radar systems, the Almanac has a top-secret mathematical and astrological formula that relies on sunspot activity, tidal action, planetary position and a number of other unknown factors.

For this year the almanac is predicting a bitterly cold and wet winter for East TN, with snowfall to be seen as early as the first week in December. Although, the first dusting didn’t quite make the first week in December it was frighteningly close.

As of Tuesday, December 12, the weather service forecasted a 50 percent chance of some sort of precipitation on Christmas Day with Possible high temperatures extending into the mid 40’s and lows slightly below freezing.

Despite the cold and wet prediction, forecasts have been known to be wrong and the weather in East Tennessee has a mind of its own.

It’s up in the air as to whether the county will have a white holiday this year, but there are several indications that the weather will at least be wet and cold.