No, this bitterly cold weather is not a record breaker for the season, but it feels like it.
Jennifer Wojcicki's Weather
Meteorologist Jennifer Wojcicki (left photo) told WGNS listeners, "Murfreesboro will enjoy sunshine and 42-degrees Friday and Saturday, but during the nights it will drop to 24 Friday and down to 16 on Saturday evening. The partly sunny skies stay in the 'Boro all next week, but the mercury will only rise to 27-degrees during daytime hours starting this coming Sunday."
If you are amazed with the frozen fountain at FirstBank on Memorial Boulevard (above photo), then you really would have been dazzled when the Cumberland River froze on January 26, 1940. It was 6-degrees below zero, and one fool-hearty individual drove a Model T across the river while others walked across it and some went ice skating.
The Corps of Engineers' dams that were built in the 1950's probably will keep the Cumberland from freezing again. That's because those dams made the rivers significantly deeper while at the same time increasing the flow of water.
Night Watch on Friday
Remember, the virtual New Year's NIGHTWATCH CELEBRATION is this Friday night (12/29/2017), starting at 6:30PM inside Murfreesboro's First Presbyterian Church. Music City Swing offers big band music and the admission is non-perishable food, tents, sleeping bags, blankets and winter coats for the homeless. First Presbyterian is at the corner of College and Spring Streets.