Extreme Winter Weather Advisory from the Office of Emergency Management

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Citizens are encouraged to prepare for dangerously low temperatures

From the Office of Emergency Management:

Metro Nashville and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continue to monitor and prepare for extreme winter weather conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and wind chill advisory for Middle Tennessee. A brief period of moderate to heavy snow this evening and plummeting temperatures will cause roads to quickly become slick and hazardous.

Metro Public Works Winter Operations will be activated and crews will be working in full force to prepare and clear roadways.

Road conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly overnight as temperatures fall into the single digits, making roadway treatment less effective.  Icy and snowy patches will likely remain overnight into Monday morning, making travel conditions hazardous.

Motorists are being asked to stay off the roads if possible and to also allow time for crews to clear the roads.  Metro Nashville is permitting Department Heads to utilize their discretion in allowing leeway for employees who may arrive late Monday morning due to these severe road conditions.

If driving is necessary, motorists should always check road conditions before getting out on the roads and allow extra space between vehicles so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.

For more information on Metro Public Works’ winter preparedness operations and for winter weather driving tips, visit Nashville.gov.

OEM is encouraging everyone to take shelter during this upcoming period of extreme cold weather forecasted through Tuesday night. The bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills can lead to frostbite and hypothermia, resulting in serious injury or death.

Efforts are being made to encourage and assist homeless individuals in seeking overnight shelter.

The Union Rescue Mission operates a mobile “Cold Patrol” which can seek out and transport homeless individuals to shelter.  MNPD and Fire are directing officers/crews to be on the lookout for those exposed to elements and assisting with transport to shelters as well.

Anyone at-risk of exposure to the extreme cold in Davidson County, or anyone coming across a person outdoors who appears to be in distress or disoriented, is encouraged to call Metro’s non-emergency number for assistance, (615) 862-8600.

“The combination of extreme cold temperatures and snow is going to create more severe winter weather conditions than we typically experience in Nashville,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “We encourage everyone to be cautious and take shelter. Don’t hesitate to call Metro’s non-emergency number if you believe someone needs help. Remember to check on elderly neighbors or others who may need assistance during a weather event like this. We want everyone to be safe.”

For updated information regarding available shelter beds, the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is operating an Extreme Weather Information Line.  Those needing shelter from the cold weather, particularly overnight should call (615) 800-0195.

Officials will continue to monitor the latest weather information and will provide updates as necessary.

Posted on January 5, 2014, in Community Partners, News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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