Winter Storm Izzy began in North Dakota and Minnesota last week before making its way south and east. It tracked as far south as Mississippi and as far north as New York, leaving a large swath of the southeast blanketed in snow.
Wayne County proved to be a dichotomy in the different amounts of snow accumulation. Areas just north and east of Waynesboro had up to five inches, while the Clifton area and parts of southern Wayne County had no accumulation at all. The Collinwood area generally had about an inch to an inch and a half.
According to the National Weather Service, last weekend’s snow put January 2022 in line to be one of the snowiest January in Middle Tennessee. They have recorded 9.3 inches of snow so far this month at the Nashville International Airport, whereas the normal snowfall total in January is about two inches. Only two other Januarys on record were trending higher at this point in the month, according to NWS meteorologist Brendan Schaper. In 1918, 10.4 inches had fallen by January 17. In 1977, the total stood at 10.3 inches.
The New Year’s Day storm on January 1, 1964 set single day snowfall records in several locations, including Lawrenceburg with 16 inches, Waynesboro 15 ½ inches, Columbia 15 inches, and Pulaski 11 ½ inches.
And the month is not over yet! Forecasters are watching two upcoming systems for the possibility of more wintry weather. A storm coming through the midstate on Wednesday night could include a combination of rain, snow, and sleet. Another system that could hit early next week could also include a wintry mix.