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TDOT Issues A Warning, While Metro Activates Winter Weather Ops

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Nashville Public Works will activate its Winter Weather Operations in anticipation of an arctic front which will bring the threat of dangerously cold conditions to the Middle Tennessee Area.

Officials with Metro Nashville Public Works made the announcement Saturday. The National Weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of Middle Tennessee beginning Sunday morning and extending through Sunday night.

Metro Public Works said crews will be working in to clear the roadways, as the front brings a mixture of rain and snow to the area. Motorists have been urged to avoid roadways Sunday, if possible.

Meanwhile TDOT crews have already been out across Middle Tennessee putting a salt and brine solution down on the roads ahead of the winter weather.

"If we do receive the amount of snow and ice that's being predicted this could be a serious situation on the roads," spokeswoman Deanna Lambert said. "Our salt (and) brine even mixed with calcium chloride; in temperatures as low as single digits it will not work. It will not be effective melting anything on the road."

That's why Lambert advised drivers to stay home starting Sunday night when the frigid temperatures move in. If you do have to go out, Lambert issued this warning.

"Make sure if you are traveling you absolutely have to get out there this week," she said. "Make sure you have blankets in your car. Make sure you're well prepared with the things you need in case you are stranded."

For more information on Metro Public Works' winter preparedness, visit their website.

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