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Tennessee Declares State Of Emergency As Winter Storm Approaches

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A State of Emergency has been declared in the State of Tennessee due to an approaching winter storm, expected to bring ice, sleet and possibly snow to the mid-South region.

Officials with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said the emergency was declared at 12 p.m. Thursday in preparation for the inclement weather.

The National Weather Service said counties in eastern Arkansas, northeast Mississippi and West Tennessee will be under winter storm watches and warnings Friday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said Thursday that the forecast includes freezing rain and ice that could lead to downed trees and power lines. Flooding could occur through the weekend.

Forecasters said travel will be hazardous and power outages are possible.

The weather service said Wednesday that the area likely to be the most affected by ice is northeast Arkansas and northwest Tennessee.

A push of arctic air began moving down across Middle Tennessee Thursday. Temperatures during the morning were around 70 or the upper 60s, but by the afternoon they had already dropped into the 40s.

Temperatures have done from near-record high levels to only around freezing on Friday. Two low pressure systems will develop along the front bringing a threat for heavy rains followed by ice and snow for parts of the area.

The best chance of disruptive wintry weather will be in northwestern Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Places like Paducah, Kentucky, could see several inches of snow while up to 1/2 inch of ice could fall in places like Dover, Tennessee, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Ice that thick could prove very problematic for travel in addition to causing power outages. Icing will likely during the day on Friday for these areas.

For the Nashville area, look for rains changing to light freezing rain by Friday evening before ending fairly quickly Friday night. This could lead to slick spots on roadways Friday night in the Metro area.

A break is likely to occur on Saturday before icing conditions get too serious in Nashville. Another round of freezing rain will develop Saturday night that could lead to slick conditions overnight.

Fortunately, warmer temperatures will change the precipitation to all rain Sunday morning.

In Shelby County, Mayor Mark Luttrell has reminded residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.

Officials are monitoring road conditions. Motorists should check their cars' tires, windshield wipers and antifreeze levels.

(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)

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