TDOT reports icy road conditions in Middle Tennessee as flurries continue
Although the wintry mix that slammed Middle Tennessee ended overnight, hazardous road conditions continued Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Nashville reported.
All counties across Middle Tennessee reported icy roads, or patches of ice and snow, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
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Into the evening, neighborhood streets throughout Nashville remained snow and ice covered and posed a risk to travel, the Metro Nashville Police Department reported.
"Main roads & interstates are passable, but still have snow & ice on them," the department tweeted. "If travel is absolutely essential, please drive slowly & very carefully. Stay home if at all possible."
As of 7:30 p.m. light snow and flurries were reported in parts of Williamson County, Wilson County and across Nashville, and the weather at the John C. Tune Airport registered 16 degrees.
Metro Public Works crews continued to plow and salt primary and secondary roads across Davidson County.
"We'll continue to have plow drivers on duty around the clock to ensure primary routes are passable," MPW tweeted. "Drivers are urged to avoid roadways if possible."
"Road conditions through (Tuesday) will still be quite treacherous, so take it easy if you have to be on the roads," Brendan Schaper, a meteorologist with the NWS in Nashville, said.
Tuesday's high topped out at 18 degrees and was expected to be followed by an overnight low of 13 and single digits west of Nashville.
Wind chills as low as -1 are expected in the greater Nashville area and come on the heels of a winter storm that blew through the region Monday, pelting everything in its path with freezing rain, sleet and ice.
TEMA State Emergency Operations Center remains activated
As of just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency there were no major road closures or accidents reported.
TEMA's State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville remained activated Tuesday night, staffed to monitor weather, road conditions, and address any major safety needs.
Meanwhile, a State of Emergency remained declared.
COVID-19 testing and vaccination centers
All COVID-19 Community Assessment Centers operated by Meharry Medical College, including at Nissan Stadium, will remain closed this week.
The Davidson County COVID Vaccine Clinic at the Music City Center was closed Tuesday and will be closed again Wednesday due to the weather.
Health Department spokesman Brian Todd said Metro Health initially thought it could handle the increased volume to make up for being closed one day but being closed two days will require the following:
- If you were scheduled to receive your first dose Feb. 16 and 17, then you’ll be contacted to reschedule.
- If you were scheduled to receive you second does Feb. 16 and 17, then come any day that we are open.
The Tennessee Department of Health announced plans to lower the age of those that would be offered the COVID vaccine from 70 to 65 years old. Davidson County will remain at 70 and above until further notice, Todd said.
WeGo to begin Wednesday with limited routes
WeGo Public Transit will continue operating limited service until the last bus departure from WeGo Central at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The same routes will begin the service day on Wednesday at 4:06 a.m., and staff will begin the service day on Wednesday at 4:06 a.m., and staff will assess road conditions for opportunities to add additional service throughout the day.
For more information follow WeGo Public Transit on social media (@WeGoTransit), and visit WeGoTransit.com’s snow route schedule page for continuous updates.
Customers can also check one of the mobile real-time information tools such as Google Transit or the Transit App, or all WeGo Customer Care at 615-862-5950 for detailed information and service updates.
TVA reports highest winter power peak in years
The Tennessee Valley Authority reported that Tuesday morning's peak power demand was approximately 28,141 megawatts at a system average temperature of 14 degrees - the highest winter peak in three years.
According to TVA, 45-percent of the power is coming from carbon-free sources. Tuesday evening's peak power demand could be similar, the agency reported.
Governor closes state offices in dozens of Middle Tennessee counties
Due to expected hazardous weather and travel conditions Gov. Bill Lee closed these Middle Tennessee state offices on Wednesday:
Colleges closed, some virtual on Wednesday
Middle Tennessee State University will be closed Wednesday due to the wintry weather, the school reported.
Cumberland University reported it will remain on virtual learning-only through Friday.
Volunteer State Community College campuses will be closed the rest of the week.
TDOT: 15,000 tons of salt spread across region
TDOT spokeswoman Kathryn Schulte said TDOT crews have spread 15,000 tons of salt across the region since Monday.
Temperatures, she said, impacts the effectiveness of the salt.
"As the temps goes down it takes longer to work," she said. " At around 20-23 degrees we start adding calcium chloride as a supplement."
With more precipitation the salt dilutes faster.
Winter Storm Watch issued Wednesday into Thursday
The NWS in Nashville issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Middle Tennessee from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Additional snowfall and ice accumulations will be possible. Expect for road conditions to deteriorate even further late Wednesday night into Thursday.
Mount Juliet police rescue man who slipped off dock
Mount Juliet police rescued a man who slipped off a boat dock into the water at Cedar Creek Marina in Mt. Juliet early Tuesday morning.
The man was about waist-deep in water after he got stuck between the boat rails and the dock. Police were called at 1:48 a.m., Mt. Juliet Police Department Capt. Tyler Chandler said.
Responders got the man out of the water at about 2:12 a.m., and then got him completely unstuck, Chandler said.
The man, who was staying on the boat, refused medical assistance.
Police also returned with food at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, to the man, who was unable to travel to pick up food.
TEMA reports three people dead across Tennessee due to storm
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday reported there have been three weather-related fatalities.
According to TEMA, two deaths took place in Shelby County and one took place in Maury County.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Franklin Fire working to rescue two people submerged in Harpeth River
The Franklin Fire Department was working to rescue two people submerged in Harpeth River Tuesday afternoon.
Department spokeswoman Jamie Melton said preliminary information indicates personnel were working to rescue an adult and child in the river. The call came in at 1:29 p.m.
The rescue occurred near Culpepper Circle in the Forrest Crossing subdivision after a child went through the ice on the river, witnesses told The Tennessean. A parent went in the water after to rescue the child. Witnesses said both the child and adult were transported to a hospital.
The river is at the base of hill where children were sledding before the water rescue occurred. A couple dozen bystanders had crowded at the scene Tuesday afternoon.
Flipped truck shuts down I-24 east near Haywood Lane
An overturned truck shut down Interstate 24 east near Haywood Lane for several hours Tuesday. The crash was reported at mile marker 57 and Nashville police reported one person was critically injured in the wreck.
Traffic was diverted onto Haywood Lane until one lane of traffic was reopened about 3:15 p.m.
It was not immediately known when the road would be reopened.
Hundreds of flights canceled at BNA, John Tune airport runway closed
Although the Nashville International Airport is open Tuesday, hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed due to the winter storm.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 450 flights had been canceled since Monday, airport spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said. Forty-three flights were delayed since then.
The airport tweeted Tuesday morning encouraging travelers to watch for updates from their airlines to stay updated on flight statuses. It's not clear when things will return to normal at the airport, as it depends on the weather
The icy conditions shut down the runway at John C. Tune Airport until further notice.
Area Publix to close early
All Publix stores in Nashville and the surrounding area will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday as conditions allow because of winter weather, according to a company announcement.
Docks collapse on Old Hickory Lake
Several docks at Old Hickory Lake collapsed or flipped due to ice during the storm, authorities confirmed.
"Unbelievable ice," @lifebythecreek tweeted. "Docks in Old Hickory... goes underwater with the weight of the ice on the roof."
Neither the Nashville Fire Department or MNPD responded to the scene and no injuries were reported.
Power outage updates across region
As of 7 p.m., more than 370 people were without power across the region.
The Nashville Electric Service reported 312 customers were without power.
Middle Tennessee Electric reported about 56 customers without power and the Cumberland Electric Membership Company was reporting 2 people without power.
Earlier in the day, more than 2,000 of those customers had been without power.
TEMA reported as of about 6 p.m., about 20,000 customers without power statewide. Some restoration efforts may take 1-3 days to be fully restored, a TEMA spokeswoman said.
- 10,000 customers in Putnam County
- 2,600 customers in Bedford County
- 140 customers in Cannon County
- 1,500 customers in Coffee County
- 1,500 customers in Fentress County
- 2,000 customers in Overton County
- 800 customers in Moore County
- 250 customers in Pickett County
Slick road conditions, wrecks across Nashville, Middle TN
Nashville and Middle Tennessee roads were still experiencing slick conditions and ongoing wrecks into the early afternoon.
As o 12:30 p.m. MNPD were responding to a dozen injury and property damage crashes in Nashville.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported five crashes, including multiple tractor-trailer wrecks, between mile markers 243 and 245 on Interstate 40 westbound in Wilson County on Tuesday morning.
"The road is extremely slick," THP said in a Twitter post. "Please slow down, most of these crashes could have been prevented by adjusting speed for the conditions!"
A wreck in that stretch near the Sparta Pike/Highway 70 exit in Lebanon closed Interstate 40 westbound. The single-vehicle crash was reported around 6:40 a.m. As of 9:30 a.m. the highway was partially reopened. An overturned vehicle near mile marker 243 was also reported around 7:45 a.m.
"Tractor trailers slid off the roadway, with one falling on its side," Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper said. "There are no major injuries, but traffic is very slow with some traffic stopped to evaluate for injuries. These were separate wrecks."
Wrecks also cropped up in Davidson County, Robertson County, Rutherford County and others as conditions remained icy, according to TDOT, with no signs of melting. THP also reported trucks were getting stuck on exit ramps in Rutherford County.
Nashville is colder than Alaska, Canada and even Finland
As of 9:30 a.m. CST, the Apple weather app showed that Nashville was sitting around 12 degrees. That's colder than Toronto (16 degrees); Anchorage (19 degrees); Helsinki, Finland (19 degrees); and Reykjavik, Iceland (41 degrees).
Ice, sleet, snow accumulate Monday, more to come this week
Around an inch of ice covered the region before more sleet began falling midday on Monday, the NWS in Nashville said. Nashville International Airport saw about 1.7 inches of mostly sleet, while Franklin saw around 2 inches of sleet. About 2 inches of sleet and snow mix accumulated in Hendersonville and Houston County. More information on exact totals will be available as the day goes on, the NWS in Nashville said.
Officials across the region reported hundreds of vehicle crashes and thousands of power outages on Monday. In addition, the weather shut down everything from schools and flights to restaurants and stores.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Monday night that two people died due to Monday's winter weather. One person died in Maury County and a second person died in Shelby County. Details surrounding their deaths weren't immediately released.
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State legislature halts session
The winter weather has also put a halt on Tennessee’s legislative session. The in-person session is canceled for the remainder of the week, and the Cordell Hull Building will be closed, according to a Twitter announcement from Lt. Gov. Randy McNally. Lawmakers and staff members are encouraged to work from home, he said.
Increased police presence continues
The Metro Nashville Police Department will continue to have more officers on the streets Tuesday, holding officers over for at least two hours past their regular shifts.
Officers across the city's eight precincts assigned to the new enhanced shift to combat violent crime began work Monday at 5 p.m. and were expected to work through 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to help answer calls.
Between 6 a.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday, MNPD reported 251 crashes involving property damage and 41 injury crashes.
Overnight numbers into Tuesday were not immediately available.
Public Works continues running 12-hour shifts
Metro Public Works crews continued to plow and salt primary routes across Davidson County on Monday night and were expected to do so into early Tuesday, Nashville Fire Department and Nashville Office of Emergency Management spokesman Joseph Pleasant said.
Crews have been out since 5:30 a.m. Sunday, he said, running 12-hour shifts. They will continue efforts to ensure primary routes are passable. All secondary routes were salted late Monday, though as more precipitation continues to fall and temperatures plummet, Pleasant said salt will become less effective.
All non-essential Metro Nashville-Davidson County facilities were closed Tuesday and will also be closed Wednesday due to the weather.
Dozens of Middle Tennessee schools also will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday including Metro Nashville Public Schools.
District offices will be closed physically but remain open virtually, and 12-month employees will report to work remotely unless their positions require them to report in person, officials said.
Also closed Tuesday in Davidson County:
- General Sessions and State Trial Courts in-person court proceedings
- Juvenile Court of Metro Nashville and Davidson County
- The Davidson County Clerk’s Office
- The Davidson County Trustee’s Office
- All Nashville Public Library facilities
- The Nashville Farmer’s Market
- Davidson County Election Commission
- Metro Codes
Trash and recycling
No trash or recycling will be collected Tuesday due to weather.
Residents with Monday collections, previously scheduled to be picked up on Tuesday, will be picked up on Feb. 22.
The department will assess conditions and decide about Tuesday collections, currently scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday, at a later time.
Metro Water recommendations
Metro Water officials are reminding customers to take these necessary precautions to prevent water pipes at home from freezing:
- Remove all exterior hose connections and insulate the hose bibs.
- Cover foundation vents.
- Insulate exposed water pipes.
- Allow your home’s warmer air to reach the water pipes by opening cabinet doors.
- Allow a small trickle of water, about the size of a pencil lead, to run from a cold-water faucet.
- Keep meter box closed to prevent cold air from reaching the meter and the pipes.
Nashville three-day forecast
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and frigid cold. Wind chill as low as -1. High, 22; Low, 12.
Wednesday: Snow showers mainly after 5 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 34; Low, 30.
Thursday: Rain, freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixing with snow intermittently through the day and night. High 36; Low 16.