Warmer temps expected Sunday

In the meantime, however, we still have to deal with a few more days of cold temperatures and the possibility of a rain and snow mix Friday night.  There is a chance of snow showers or snow flurries before noon today under mostly cloudy skies with a high near 35. Winds will be west-northwest at 5-15 mph. There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation. The low tonight drops to about 24 with mostly cloudy skies.

Look for mostly sunny skies on Thursday with a high near 40. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low of around 24. Friday will be warmer with partly sunny skies and a high near 48. Friday night, however, the low drops to about 31 with mostly cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of rain and snow.

Rain moves into the forecast for Saturday and Sunday with a 40 percent chance both days and nights. Saturday’s high should be near 48 and the low Saturday night at about 37. The high Sunday should be in the low 50s, and the low Sunday night should be near 36.

Herron noted that another storm moving this way could bring the snow chance on Friday night, but at this point no accumulation is expected.

The warmer weather this weekend will be welcomed by most. Herron noted the area has not recorded a temperature of 50 degrees since Jan. 25. “It’ll feel pretty warm.”

Even with all the cold weather, no records have been set either with temperatures or precipitation. “We’ve had a quite stretch of below normal (temperatures),” he said, adding the area has been about 7 degrees below normal for the month of February so far. “It hasn’t been radically cold. It has been persistent.”

So far, the Nashville International Airport has officially recorded 7 inches of snow this winter, while the weather service in West Wilson County has had closer to 8 inches. Wilson County has averaged between 7-10 inches of snow.

The normal amount of snowfall for the Nashville area, including Wilson County, is 9 inches.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.