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Snow Prompts School Closings; Drivers Urged To Use Caution

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Snow fell overnight across the mid-state, with the highest accumulations mostly across the Cumberland Plateau, which prompted school closings.

School was closed Tuesday for Clay, Cumberland, Macon, Overton, Putnam, and Van Buren Counties; Stewart County and Cannon County will be two hours late. Christian County in Kentucky will be one hour late.

A Winter Weather Advisory will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday for Clay, Cumberland, Fentress, Grundy, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White Counties.

Up to one inch of snow was forecasted in the higher elevations. Snow-covered roadways could make driving hazardous. Drivers are urged to prepare for slippery roads and limited visibilities. Leave early if you must go anywhere, and use caution while driving. Bridges and overpasses will ice over first.

Areas to the southwest were expected to see a light dusting, and the immediate Nashville Metro area was expected to see up to half an inch of snow.

In Nashville, Metro Police urged drivers to use caution or avoid Old Hickory Boulevard over Interstate 65 due a sheet of black ice. Crews were called in to salt the roadway.

Meteorologist Ron Howes said a strong low-pressure system continues to move across the Ohio Valley, pushing snow showers down to Middle Tennessee.

Much colder than normal temperatures were expected to continue across the region for the first half of the week.

The jet stream has dropped south across the Gulf Coast allowing fresh batches of bitterly cold air to drop down into the eastern part of the country out of Canada.

The pattern has been forecast to hold through much of the week, but will warm up toward the weekend with highs rising back toward the mid-60s.

TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert said while out on the roads Tuesday morning, drivers should pay special attention to those spots that always freeze first in winter weather.

"Be careful around those hills and overpasses. Those are the areas that we are always treating with brine substance, those are the areas that are prone to freezing and icing first, so certainly slow down and use caution," said Lambert.

Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation have been out putting down a salt brine mixture ahead of the winter weather.

The salt brine helps create slush with the water on the road to keep it from turning into ice.

The trucks were expected to be out from midnight through the overnight hours monitoring roads throughout Davidson County and the surrounding area, looking for any icy spots.

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