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Nashville Weather in January

Updated: December 22, 2023

This post is a summary of the Nashville weather in January with tips on what to pack and things to do.  

Nashville during January can see large temperature swings from mild to very cold but still provides ample sunny days to explore the outdoors. 


Daytime high temperatures tend to be in the mid to upper 40s F (8-9C) with a few of the warmer afternoons getting up into the low to mid-60s F (17-18C).

Late night and early morning low temperatures average in the upper 20s F (-2 to -1 C) with a few colder mornings dipping down into the mid-teens F (-8 to -9 C). 

Average Temperatures in Nashville in January

On average, about 20 days this month will see temperatures at or below freezing (32 F/ 0 C). 

About once every two years you can expect temperatures at 0 F (-18 C) or less. 


During January, expect 12 days that are sunny or at least partially sunny.

Daylight hours gradually increase from 9.8 hours to 10.6 hours at the end of the month. 

Rain or some type of precipitation falls on 10-11 days this month, though only 2-3 of these record rainfalls of 0.5 inches (about 13mm) or more.

Weather Calendar January Nashville

Snow falls on about 2 days in January, although snowfall of 3 inches or more only occurs about once every other year. 

Winds will be mostly light at 5-12mph (6-19kpm) to occasionally moderate at 13-15mph (20-26 kph). 


Nashville in January varies from very cold to occasionally mild.

We've made a list of essentials to bring on your trip to make sure you're prepared for the weather: 

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1. Long Pants

Long, comfortable walking pants are recommended. A great pair of jeans will get you. Pair them with your favorite pair of cowboy boots!

Wrangler has some great, comfortable jeans to choose from. 

2. Winter Coat

It's best to bring winter clothes, which include a warm coat or winter jacket.

A comfortable puffer jacket like this one by Tommy Hilfiger will keep you warm.

Sweaters are also a good idea for layering, especially if you plan to explore the nightlife. 

3. Raingear

With rain in the forecast, you're going to want to pack your rain gear.

A medium-weight rain jacket will not only keep you dry but will be a good outerwear option on days that are milder.

Consider something like this jacket from Columbia. It's easy to pack as well! 


There are tons of things to do in Nashville year-round, like seeing concerts, visiting the Johnny Cash Museum, and taking a bus tour

If you are planning on visiting many of Nashville's attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% off attractions.

Below is the full Top 10 list of things to do in Nashville in January. Read our full post, Things to Do in Nashville in January, for more ideas. 

  1. See a concert.
  2. Go to a sports event.
  3. Enjoy the theater.
  4. Celebrate the New Year.
  5. Save with the Tourist Discount Pass.
  6. See Macbeth.
  7. Attend the Gathering of The Fork Music Festival.
  8. Celebrate MLK Day.
  9. Sample Restaurant Week.
  10. Go on a Marshmallow Hike.

Written by Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: December 22nd, 2023
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