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Does Early Snow Mean Severe Winter?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the snow shows up this early in the year, many people start to wonder if it's a sign of a severe weather winter.

Rain is something mid-state residents are familiar dealing with, but throw in a little snow, and then there's potential for a problem.

"When it snows here 1" is like 12" up north," said Vanderbilt University student Michael Helweil.  "The whole city will be shut down again," he continued. "I don't want to see that."

Weather forecasts for Monday night into Tuesday are predicting snow in the mid-state area.

NewsChannel5 Meteorologist Lelan Statom explained for the second year in a row, it is a "La Nina winter."  Basically the water in the Pacific Ocean is colder and while that's far from Tennessee it does dictate our weather.

To be on the safe side, TDOT has crews coming in early Tuesday morning to check bridges and overpasses, mostly in the south western part of the mid-state.


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