NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are still working around the clock, clearing and treating roads ahead of the next winter storm.
A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. as another system looks to bring snow and a wintry mix. TDOT says all counties in Middle Tennessee are reporting icy roads.
Crews have been applying treatment to interstates through the night, but extreme temperatures have kept many locations icy. Plows are working to clear primary routes and working nonstop to make roads passable.
Remember to stay off the roads and carry an emergency kit if you need to leave the house. If you're driving and encounter a snowplow, do not pass it.
Metro police say neighborhood streets throughout Nashville remain snow and ice-covered and pose a real risk to travel. Main roads the interstates are passable, but still have snow and ice on them.
If travel is absolutely essential, please drive slowly and very carefully.
Another hazard that’s been seen in some counties is fallen trees and tree limbs due to the weight of ice and snow. TDOT shared these photos from Bedford and Lincoln counties:
TDOT just re-opened US 231 in Bedford and Lincoln counties. Crews worked all day to clear fallen trees and move trailers that were abandoned last night after tractor trailer drivers got stuck on the ridge.— Kathryn Schulte (@SchulteTDOT) February 16, 2021
Check out those branches bending under the ice this morning. 🥶 pic.twitter.com/IwhQpMjr2Z
While TDOT is handling anything that falls on state roads or interstates, it's up to counties or cities to handle any on the roads they service. Just a reminder for people to be careful, especially if they drive when it's still dark and especially because more sleet and snow are on the way.