On this day before spring finally begins, we decided to take a look back at what most people agree was one of the worst winters they could remember in East Tennessee. We'll call it 14 reasons we're excited to welcome the warmer days and nights of spring.
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Number of days in winter: 89 (though it seems like longer, doesn't it?)
The lowest temperature on record this winter was -1 on January 29
East Tennessee had 7 days where the high temperature was below freezing. All of them were in January.
There were 6 days when temperatures dipped into single digits. They were also all in January.
11.3 inches of snow was recorded at McGhee Tyson Airport this winter. That's the 28th highest amount since records started being kept in the 1870's. The year with the most snow on record was 1960, with 52.2 inches.
52 inches of snow fell at Mt LeConte this winter. That's the 13th highest on record, and not nearly as bad as the 104 inches that fell in 2009 and 2012.
Newfound Gap saw 45.4 inches of snow this winter.
Just over a foot, 12.3 inches fell this winter in Gatlinburg.
Cades Cove is particularly beautiful in the snow. This winter, 12.8 inches was the official snowfall total.
Knox County Schools was canceled 9 times, which was one more that the system built into their calendar.
TDOT used 26,586.19 tons of salt to treat roads across East Tennessee this winter, at a cost of more than $2 million dollars.
Road crews used a lot of salt brine to pre-treat roads ahead of winter weather. TDOT poured out 683,795 gallons at a cost of $49,916.39.
There were 18 days this winter that at least a trace of snow fall was reported at McGhee Tyson Airport.
Let's end on a positive note! Ober Gatlinburg had a record breaking year, remaining open for 108 days (and counting) so far this year. Their previous record was 107.
So bring it on, Spring! We're ready for some warmer weather!!