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Friday's Highs Won't Reach Above Freezing Across Mid-State

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Thermometers across Middle Tennessee won't get very high over the next several days. Thermometers across Middle Tennessee won't get very high over the next several days.
Friday at 6 a.m. Friday at 6 a.m.
Flurries cover the road on 4th Avenue North near NewsChannel 5 in downtown Nashville. Flurries cover the road on 4th Avenue North near NewsChannel 5 in downtown Nashville.
Snow in Cookeville, Tennessee. (Photo submitted to my5) Snow in Cookeville, Tennessee. (Photo submitted to my5)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Forecast high temperatures will not hit above the freezing mark Friday, with temperatures in Middle Tennessee possibly reaching the coldest temperatures seen in more than a decade by Monday.

Many areas in the mid-state woke up to temperatures in the teens, with wind chill in Nashville at 5 degrees at 6 a.m. Even with sunny skies, highs will not get above 32 degrees by Friday afternoon-- with Nashville's high topping out around 29 degrees.

NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Kelly Cox said the mid-state will see a brief warm up on Saturday, and then even colder air arrives by Sunday afternoon. Residents can expect the coldest air we have seen in several years by Monday.

Several counties around Nashville had flurries Thursday, with some counties on the Cumberland Plateau to the east getting around an inch of snow.

The cold weather and potential for icy conditions prompted some school systems to close Friday, including Cheatham County in Tennessee and both Allen and Muhlenberg Counties in Kentucky. 

Most school systems were still on the winter break, but some schools were back in session Thursday. For an updated list of school closings, visit NewsChannel 5's Snow Watch School Closings page online or on mobile devices. 

The jet stream delivered cold air out of the north, but computer models projected another surge of Arctic air by the first of next week, pulling temperatures even lower.

Nashville actually hit a high of 45 degrees Thursday at midnight, but temperatures dropped throughout the day. Forecasts called for the coldest temperatures in Music City in 15 years within the next few days.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said crews started work in the Metro Nashville area early in the week. Even without a significant snowfall, moisture on the roadways from the rain could freeze and cause slick spots Thursday night into Friday.

Most of the heavier moisture has been working its way up the east coast, dropping heavy snow from Washington D.C. to Boston and Maine. 

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