Last week's cold was one for the history books

Feb 22, 2021 at 09:49 am by WGNS


The artic cold which accompanied last week's ice and snow was history making. It marks the fifth longest period of below freezing temperatures in Middle Tennessee, according to the National Weather Service in Nashville.

Temperatures fell below freezing on Thursday, February 11th and remained below freezing for over seven days before rising above 32-degrees on the afternoon of Friday, February 19th.

This ties for the fifth longest stretch of consecutive days below freezing temperatures on record. It is also the longest period of below freezing temperatures in 43-years. 

Along with the arctic cold, up to a half-inch of ice and sleet and up to six-inches of snow a few days later kept Rutherford County in the deep freeze.

TOP 10 LONGEST PERIODS BELOW FREEZING

1. FEBRUARY 6-14, 1899 9 DAYS
2. DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 3, 1877 9 DAYS
3. JANUARY 15-22, 1918 8 DAYS
4. FEBRUARY 8-15, 1895 8 DAYS
5. FEBRUARY 12-18, 2021 7 DAYS
6. JANUARY 9-15, 1978 7 DAYS
7. JANUARY 23-29, 1948 7 DAYS
8. JANUARY 4-10, 1942 7 DAYS
9. DECEMBER 9-15, 1917 7 DAYS
10. DECEMBER 15-21, 1901 7 DAYS

WEATHER RECORDS FOR NASHVILLE BEGAN IN 1871.