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How’s the Weather Where You Are?

Tired of frigid Chicago winters or scorching hot Arizona summers? You aren’t alone! Weather is often cited as one of the most important factors when choosing to move out-of-state.

One of the reasons people choose to move to Knoxville (or the surrounding East Tennessee area) is the mild climate that allows four distinct seasons each year without reaching extremes. Located in the Tennessee valley at the base of the Smoky Mountains, Knoxville sees vividly colored springs, warm and lush summers, crisp falls and moderate winters.

Chart of Average Temperatures in Knoxville, Tennessee



Snow falls occasionally in the Knoxville area during January and February each year with an average annual total of less than four inches. Flurries are often seen in the area with little or no accumulation and taper off or disappear due to the mild average midday temperature between 40-50 degrees. When snows blankets the region, most accumulation is typically gone within a couple of hours, or at most, a couple of days.


The warming trend for spring begins in late March in East Tennessee. It is the rainiest month on the calendar averaging 12 days of rain each year. This all leads into April and May when daytime and nighttime temperatures really begin to heat up to the high 60s and low 70s with rain tapering off. The high month of precipitation and rapid heating sets the stage for an explosion of colorful flowers and trees. This is why we celebrate the Dogwood Arts festival in April each year!


The mild summer temperatures in this area are hard to beat!  With most days falling in the 80s and low 90s it is perfect weather for a day on the lake, taking in a ballgame or fishing in a nearby stream. Knoxville’s pleasant summer days and the cool summer nights are a result of its valley location and proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This allows for a lower humidity level than most areas of the south and consistent daily temperatures. Overall, July ranks as the hottest month of the year on average.


The fall might be the hidden gem of the seasonal calendar in East Tennessee and it isn’t just because football season starts! Temperatures after Labor Day can remain warm, but the summer humidity subsides, making for some wonderful days and nights outdoors. The slide in temperature also signals the change in foliage and sends our trees through a beautiful array of reds, yellows and oranges as they prepare for winter. Precipitation is also at its lowest point for the year before trending back up in November and December.

Make Tennessee Home

Stay in East Tennessee long enough and you will get the opportunity to see every kind of weather event imaginable. That said, extreme weather events are certainly  the exception and not the rule. Weather plays an important role in the beauty and accessibility of our area and if you’re searching for a place to settle down with moderate temperatures and easy to manage conditions, Tennessee is a great place to be!

Reach out to the team at the Billy Houston Group if you’re interested in relocating to East Tennessee. We have the market experience and knowledge of the region to help you select the perfect home. Call us today at 865.577.SOLD!

Join us on Facebook! We’ve created a group for people who want to learn more about East Tennessee living and plan their move to call Tennessee home.  Click the link to join the Move to East Tennessee Group.

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