Eye to the Sky

Eye to the Sky is a weather blog of Independent Herald editor Ben Garrett. Garrett has long been a weather enthusiast and has blogged about interesting weather for years on his personal website. Garrett is not a professional forecaster or a meteorologist, and information contained in this blog should not be considered a substitute from official forecasts, advisories or other products from the National Weather Service.

  • The worst of winter is over | Eye to the Sky After one of the coldest starts to any winter in recent history, it now appears that the worst is behind us and the rest of winter should be rather meek and mild by comparison. Barring a late-season winter storm, the winter of 2017-2018 will go down as rather snowless despite all the cold air we had ...
  • A thaw is upcoming, but winter isn’t over | Eye to the Sky Local schools will remain closed Thursday for a third consecutive day, and it’s hard to imagine the county schools, at least, reopening on Friday. But a thaw will begin in earnest on Thursday, after one final night of single-digit temperatures. And, after that, it looks like the truly frigid arctic air will be out of the ...
  • Update: Accumulating snow possible Tuesday | Eye to the Sky A moisture-starved clipper system will ride a cold front across Tennessee on Tuesday, bringing light snow and the potential for some minor accumulations to the region.
  • Why Tuesday holds more snow potential than storm just past — and why it could be a bust | Eye to the Sky We’re still struggling to unthaw from Friday night’s very light snowfall and the associated temperature plunge that created icy conditions on untreated roadways, with dozens of churches across the region canceling services this morning and tonight. But another weather-maker is on the horizon, and will threaten the return to classes for students after the MLK ...
  • Winter weather could cause travel concerns late Friday | Eye to the Sky An incoming cold front will change rain over to snow across all of Tennessee on Friday, potentially creating some travel concerns in the Cumberlands late Friday into early Saturday. Snowfall totals continue to look less impressive, generally less than an inch, even as the timing of a transition from rain to snow continues to look earlier ...
  • Update: Accumulating snow possible early Saturday | Eye to the Sky Update (01/10/18, 8:23 p.m.) — The National Weather Service has bumped up its start time for this weekend’s minor wintry weather event, but is still forecasting only limited accumulations for the northern Cumberland Plateau region. With its afternoon forecast package, the NWS is now forecasting the transition from rain to snow to begin at 8 p.m. Friday evening, ...
  • Accumulating snow is possible late Friday into Saturday | Eye to the Sky We’ve seen snow showers result in a dusting of snow a couple of times this winter, but have received little more than a trace of snow thus far. That could change this weekend, though, as it looks like we’ll have our best chance so far of accumulating snow. For now, accumulations look minor, with rain transitioning ...
  • Update: Minor freezing rain possible tonight | Eye to the Sky Never under-estimate warm air advection, particularly here on the Cumberland Plateau. That was a general theme of the blog post I made late yesterday regarding the potential for light freezing rain tonight. And we’re starting to see that pan out already. More on that in a moment. First, the entire northern plateau region — including Scott, ...
  • Update: Light freezing rain possible Monday morning | Eye to the Sky A few hours of light freezing rain or drizzle are possible across the northern Cumberland Plateau region early Monday morning. The National Weather Service at Morristown highlights the threat in a hazardous weather outlook published Saturday afternoon, saying that no impacts to utilities are expected, but some slick spots may develop on roadways. In a graphic ...
  • Freezing rain possible early Monday Some light freezing rain could occur Monday morning, just as we’re shrugging off the arctic grip that Mother Nature has had on us for the past week. It doesn’t look like anything too significant at the moment, but as cold as the ground is going to be — even though temps are expected to warm to above ...