Cities prepare for first major freeze of the season

Posted: 8:29 AM, Nov 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-09 19:58:08-05

Middle Tennessee is under a freeze warning Friday and Saturday night. Cities like Nashville and Murfreesboro have plans in place for the cold weather.

When the temperature drops to below freezing, the city of Nashville can add more shelters.

At 5 o'clock on a night that is expected to be cold, a team determines if an overflow shelter is necessary. That is a shelter that is not available all the time.

On Friday night, Metro's overflow shelter opened at 7 p.m. at Shelby Park Community Center.

There are year-round shelter beds at Nashville Rescue Mission, but when temperatures are 28 degrees or colder, the Room In The Inn can open 150-250 additional shelter beds.

Open Table Nashville canvasses the community at 7 p.m. on nights that dip below freezing.

Metro Police officers are deployed to check on people who do not have a permanent home.

In Murfreesboro, the cold patrol said shelters will be open Friday and Saturday night. Sign-in is between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and dinner will be served. Men can stay at First Baptist Church and women can go to the St. Margaret's entrance of St. Paul Episcopal Church.