Middle Tennessee preparing for wintry mix

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 23:51:08-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Middle Tennessee is bracing themselves for a wintry mix.

Freezing rain and snow is expected to continue for a couple of days, leading to dangerous road conditions.

"We've already had over 100 crashes," said THP's Charlie Caplinger.

TDOT commissioner Clay Bright says crews have already started pre-treatment work by getting a salt brine on the roads.

He says crews will continue working 24 hours a day to treat and plow the roads.

Bright adds that they've brought in extra staff.

"In addition we have moved personnel and equipment from East Tennessee, notably the Knoxville and Chattanooga area," Bright said, "we have moved them to Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee so we have additional capacity out there to treat the roads."

The easiest way to stay safe is to stay home. If you do have to go out to drive, make sure to take it slow.

"If you must travel have essentials like jumper cable flashlight, water, cell phone, cell phone, phone charger," said Caplinger.

If you need assistance, you can dial *847.

Keep in mind it might take awhile before THP can get there if they're already helping multiple people.