Originally Posted by marshbrian68
I was hoping/thinking about spending the winter months in Tennessee. Does anyone know if this is possible? Does it get too cold to where I can't have running water? I don't have a specific area in mind, only one that will allow me to do this. Running water and sewer is essential.
I live 60 miles northwest of Memphis in NE Arkansas--pretty much same latitude and climate as most of TN. You will definitely have periods of freezing weather. We usually get 2-4 winter storms per year that could include some combination of ice, snow, or sleet that last a few days to a week each.
There are also a couple of spells where, although sunny, the high won't get above freezing for several days at a time. Most nights Dec 1-Mar 1 will be below freezing. Places with some elevation like the Ozarks and Appalachians will be slightly colder.
Then there are always the couple weeks that are warm (70s during Christmas). Some weeks you'd be fine, others there's no way you'd have running water. I'd definitely say not in Jan and Feb. Even northern Mississippi and Alabama where I grew up will have periods of freezing weather/snow/ice where you wouldn't have running water, although less frequent.
About the only place you can bet on temps above freezing most of the winter is the Gulf coastal plain: LA, southern MS, AL, GA and FL, although it's not unheard of. I'd draw a line that extends from Shreveport, LA, straight across to Savannah, GA, and stay below that to maximize your chances.
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