Weather In Nashville
It’s no secret that coming to college your first year is full of surprises- especially if you move away from home and go to school in a new city or state. For me, moving from Westerville, Ohio to Nashville meant a big city, country music (unfortunately), new food, and a huge city to explore. What it didn’t mean- winter.
Sure, Tennessee is considered to be in the “south”, but don’t let that fool you. The weather here is insane and freshman year was definitely a rude awakening. I thought that surely, I had left harsh winters behind, but I was big mistaken. Winters here are real. Not only does it get cold…it gets very cold. Like hats, gloves, and two pairs of socks cold. And the wind tunnels created by the buildings on campus are almost enough to take you out. It’s brutal (and no, just because I’m from the north doesn’t mean that I should be used to the cold. Cold is cold no matter where you are). It even gets cold enough to snow sometimes, and there have been numerous mornings in which there has been a nice layer of ice outside just waiting for students frantically rushing to their 8 AM classes. Moral of the story bring your winter gear, and if you’re fortunate enough to be from somewhere that stays warm- get some, you’ll be happy you did.
On the flip side…it’s not always cold during the winter. Just this week, the weather went from 75 to 30 degrees in less than 24 hours. It’s February! I wore a dress and flats one day, and the next day I was back in my winter coat! It was insane. And in between, we had a whole flood! There were areas on campus that the water came up to my knees! I have never in my life experienced anything like it, which actually brings up another point- bring rainboots! Good rainboots because you’ll definitely wear them frequently. My freshman year I wore my rainboots so much that they actually split down the side.
My best piece of advice? Literally, be prepared for any and everything. Always have both summer and winter clothes ready, because the seasons can change in the blink of an eye.
Also heads up, all of the pictures in this article were taken in February. All within three days of each other so there’s that.