The Seasons of Northeast Tennessee
The mountainous landscape of Northeast Tennessee can cause fluctuating, unpredictable weather patterns. In fact, you’ll often hear it said that “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day!” However, the Tri-Cities region typically features mild winters, a pleasant spring and fall, and hot, humid summer temperatures.
Spring — You can expect winter’s chill to fade around the time the dogwoods start to bloom in early April, though we’re prone to several surprise cold snaps throughout the spring. Old-timers call these cold snaps “redbud winter,” “dogwood winter,” or “blackberry winter,” depending on when they occur.
Summer — Summer comes early in Northeast Tennessee, with temperatures easily reaching the 80s by the time the sweet, pungent scent of honeysuckle fills the air in early May. Frequent thunderstorms blow in and out again in a matter of minutes, but thanks to our region’s high elevation, cooler temperatures bring relief from the heat in the mornings and evenings.
Fall — An abundance of brightly-colored foliage along the roads and on the mountainsides makes fall a particularly gorgeous time of year in East Tennessee. Pockets of mist collect in the valleys as the heat of summer gradually abates, and the cries of mourning doves pierce the morning stillness, signaling the distant approach of winter.
Winter — You won’t need a heavy coat until early November or even later, and though it’s snowed here at least once a year since 2010, you can continue to count on mild, fairly comfortable winters in the Tri-Cities for years to come. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for winter bird life: robins, blue jays, wrens, woodpeckers, cardinals, titmice, and various types of finches call our area home year-round.