Types of Bad Weather

Types of Bad Weather

The climate in Tennessee is considered temperate due to its warm summers and mild winters. However, the state has a varied topography which leads to a variety of climatic conditions. Since Tennessee experiences a variety of climatic conditions, residents must be prepared to operate their motor vehicles in all types of bad weather.

Bad Weather Conditions in Tennessee

Unlike, many other states Tennessee experiences a wide range of weather conditions. While Tennessee residents experience many days of beautiful weather, they also experience their share of adverse weather conditions. Listed below are types of bad weather that is commonly seen in the Volunteer State:

Heavy Rain / Thunderstorms

In order for a thunderstorm to form it needs two basic elements, moisture and warm air. Thunderstorms result from the rapid upward movement of warm, moist air. These storms make strong winds, lighting, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain.  Only about 10 percent of thunderstorms are considered to be severe.

Tennessee experiences the greatest rainfall in winter and the early spring, especially in the month of March. The average rainfall for the state between 1971-2000 was 54.7 inches. However, the average annual precipitation varies from city to city. On average, Knoxville receives 47.86 inches of rainfall per year.


Hail is precipitation in the form of a chunk of ice that fall from a cumulonimbus cloud. Generally, hail is associated with multicell, supercell and cold front induced thunderstorms. Most hailstones are smaller in diameter than a dime. While hailstones are rarely dangerous to people, they can cause extensive damage to crops and motor vehicles.


Fog is formed by tiny water droplets that are suspended in the air; during cold weather conditions fog can be formed from ice particles. There are four different types of fog including radiation fog, advection fog, evaporation fog and ice fog.

Typically, Knoxville experiences 30 days of fog a year. Fog causes reduced visibility making it a transportation hazard.


Snow is precipitation in the form of flakes of crystalline water ice that falls from the clouds. In order for snow to form, the atmospheric temperature needs to be at or below freezing (0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit). Knoxville receives about 6.5 inches of snowfall a year.

Like fog, snow is transportation hazard due to a drivers reduced visibility. In addition, snow causes roads and highways to be slick, making it difficult to for motorists to control their vehicles.

Ice Storms

When freezing rain accumulates to at least ¼ inch or more, it results in an ice storm. Rain freezes when it encounters freezing or sub-freezing temperatures at the surface.

Ice storms can be hazardous to Tennessee residents. Pedestrians will often slip on slick surfaces such as sidewalks and outside steps. In addition, the slippery streets can cause cars to skid out of control.


Meteorologists consider tornadoes to be natures most violent storms.  Tornadoes are caused by powerful thunderstorms. These dangerous storms can cause extensive property damage and fatalities.  What makes these storms so dangerous is that they can develop rapidly, leaving little time to warn people about the approaching storm.

Over the years, Tennessee has experienced numerous tornadoes. Residents need to take shelter whenever a tornado forms.

Knoxville Personal Injury Lawyers

 Bad weather conditions can put in residents and visitors in harms way. Greg Coleman Law urges individuals to be careful when traveling on Tennessee's roads and highways during bad weather. Oftentimes, adverse weather conditions will decrease a drivers visibility and make it difficult to control their cars. Auto accidents frequently occur during all types of bad weather.

If you or a loved one has involved in a vehicle crash during bad weather, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for property damage, lost wages and medical expenses.

For additional information about filing a personal injury claim, fill out the Free Case Review form or contact a licensed personal injury lawyer in Knoxville at our law firm by calling (865) 247-0080.