Weather updates: Nashville dispatchers took 890 weather-related calls
While no more snow is expected in Middle Tennessee, the several inches of snow on the ground may stick around a bit longer as temperatures barely crest freezing Friday and drop to 12 degrees overnight.
A winter storm plagued Middle Tennessee for days, transforming roadways into sheets of ice, causing thousands of people to lose power and resulting in the deaths of at least six.
By noon on Friday, temperatures reached 30 degrees, with the bright sun beginning to thaw some of the snow and ice. The weekend will bring more sun and warmer temperatures, but the thaw may be a slow-go, the National Weather Service said.
The sun was peeking through the clouds on and off Friday across Nashville. Any liquid left on roadways Friday night will freeze when temperatures drop, the NWS said.
By Saturday, temperatures should jump to the 40s and move to the 50s by Sunday, followed by a chance of rain overnight.
Nashville dispatch took 890 weather-related calls
Over the last week, Nashville dispatchers fielded 890 weather-related calls around the clock.
According to the Office of Emergency Management, dispatchers took the following calls:
- 427 related to salt on state routes, public works routes and Metro buildings and property
- 115 related to water leaks, main breaks, damaged hydrants and two-alarm fires
- 108 related to stray animals and animals without shelter
- 61 related to fires
- 59 related to fallen power lines and poles
- 56 related to Cold Patrols and EMS and fire vehicles getting stuck
- 16 related to malfunctioning rail road crossing signs
- 13 related to citizens smelling gas
Final storm dumps 2-6 inches on Nashville and Middle TN
On Wednesday and Thursday, anywhere between two and six inches fell across Middle Tennessee throughout the week, the NWS said. Nashville accumulated three to four inches and Clarksville two to three inches, while Columbia, Waynesboro and Lafayette totaled four to five inches. Before that, between 1.5 and 2 inches of ice and sleet had built up across the region.
"The big winners were southern Wayne, Lawrence, and Giles Counties which reported 6" of snow!" the NWS in Nashville said in a tweet.
Nashville to reopen vaccine site Saturday, clarifies who can come
Nashville's COVID-19 vaccine clinic will reopen at Music City Center on Saturday and Sunday, the Metro Public Health Department said. It will resume regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offer vaccines for those with appointments for Saturday and Sunday.
Those who were scheduled for their first dose between Feb. 16-19 will be contacted to reschedule and should not come to Music City Center this weekend.
"We have properly stored the vaccine that was to be used Feb. 16-19 and the vaccine is safe," MPHD said. "We expect to receive an additional shipment of vaccine early next week."
The second doses of the vaccine can be given anywhere between 3-6 weeks of the first. To avoid long lines, MPHD recommends you return for a second dose on the day of the week you were originally scheduled. For example: If you were scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 then you should return on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
"We will only provide second doses over the weekend that are scheduled to return this weekend," MPHD said.
Those with appointments for Saturday and Sunday should plan to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m.
Note: MPHD originally said that people whose second dose appointments were canceled this week could come to Music City Center on Saturday, but later corrected that information.
Road conditions mostly clear, some slick spots remain
The NWS warned that some hazardous travel conditions may persist on Friday, including patches of black ice.
"Although some well traveled roadways have been generally cleared and treated, many roadways across mid state region continue to have ice, snow, both, or a wet slush combination on them," the NWS said.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation said most lanes on state-owned roadways have been cleared, as of Friday morning. stretching for a few miles south of Church Street. THP also reported that it was working to clear a wreck in Robertson County near the Kentucky border Interstate 65. A tractor-trailer overturned around 5 a.m. and temporarily closed the interstate. Most lanes were reopened as of 8:45 a.m.
In Nashville, primary roads and interstates have improved while neighborhood and secondary roads are still mostly snow covered, according to the city's Office of Emergency Management. There were 32 property damage crashes and five injury crashes reported between midnight and 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, according to OEM.
Road condition updates statewide can be found by dialing 511.
Potholes popping up statewide
From Sunday through Friday morning, around 27,500 pounds of salt were applied to over 170,0000 miles of roads across 26 counties, TDOT said.
However, the freezing and thawing cycles throughout the week have created potholes on roads across the state.
"Our work isn't over when the snow clears," TDOT said in a tweet. "Many of the operators plowing the roadways this week will be treating potholes next week."
TDOT crews will use a temporary cold mix until asphalt plants reopen in the spring. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said crews were out repairing potholes along Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro near the Church Street exit on Friday morning.
Clean your car off to avoid 'ice missiles'
Thinking about cleaning your car off? Don't skip the roof and hood. The ice and snow accumulated can come loose and fly off while driving, posing a danger to other drivers and their vehicles.
"PLEASE remove the ice and save someone’s life," said Capt. Scott Moore, who is a public information officer for the Wilson County Sheriff. "This is a real issue!"
TEMA: Six weather-related deaths reported
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports that, as of Thursday evening, six people have died across the state due to the weather.
The following deaths have occurred across the state:
- Two fatalities in Shelby County
- One fatality in Maury County
- One fatality in Williamson County
- One fatality in Dickson County
- One fatality in Overton County
In Brentwood, a 9-year-old boy died during a sledding accident. A 10-year-old boy died near Millington while trying to rescue his sister from an icy pond. A Dickson County farmer died while trying to rescue calves from a frozen pond.
TEMA: 12,000 without power
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports that, as of Thursday evening, 12,000 people across the state are without power.
Those who use Upper Cumberland Electrical Membership Corp. will be without power for at least two days, TEMA reported.
- 200 customers in Fentress County
- 2,800 customers in Bedford County (Duck River EMC)
- 650 customers in Coffee County (Duck River EMC)
- 150 customers in Moore County (Duck River EMC)
- 5,000 customers in Putnam County (Upper Cumberland EMC)
- 1,800 customers in Overton County (Upper Cumberland EMC)
- 1,500 customers in Jackson County (Upper Cumberland EMC)
Nashville 'cold patrol' hands out hundreds of blankets, supplies
Metro Nashville's "cold patrol" team have been out on the streets every night to check on members of the homeless community we were out in the cold. They provided blankets, gloves, hand warmers and other cares items, along with arranging transportation to warming shelters.
Since Saturday night, they have provided:
- 360 total man hours
- 274 blankets
- 12 plastic tarps
- 58 care packages created by Belmont University students
- 11 rides to a warming shelter
- 7 assists to motorists
The team, known as the Emergency Support Unit, are unpaid and work in multiple specialties for for Metro.
Nashville three-day weather forecast
Friday: Mostly sunny. High: 32; Low: 12
Saturday: Sunny. High: 40; Low: 23
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a 60% chance of showers overnight. High: 50; Low: 35
Nashville-area weather radar
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