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Treacherous Road Conditions Make Travel Unsafe

3/3/2014

IMPORTANT NOTE: Media availability at 11:30 a.m. today at the Nashville Emergency Operations Center. Scott Potter, MWS and Captain Will Swann, OEM/NFD, will be available for media interviews regarding the winter weather and public safety precautions being taken by Metro.

Motorists are strongly urged to stay off roads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains partially activated and continues to monitor the wintry weather and icy road conditions.

The National Weather Service has extended the winter storm warning for Davidson County until 4:00 p.m.

Davidson County is experiencing icy road conditions and 1-1.5 inches of snow accumulation in some areas.  Roads and especially overpasses are extremely hazardous, resulting in multiple motor vehicle accidents.

Metro Public Works Winter Operations Crews continue to salt primary routes, secondary routes, bridges and overpasses and will continue throughout the day. However, the low temperatures, combined with continued moisture, have causing refreezing conditions on the roadways.  Icy conditions will likely remain until temperatures rise and wet weather conditions subside.

Motorists are strongly urged to stay off the roads if possible for your safety and the safety of emergency personnel. If driving is necessary, always check road conditions before getting out and allow extra space between vehicles so there is adequate distance for braking in icy conditions.  

Metro Police officers from the midnight shift were held over from several precincts. At 7 a.m., there were 47 vehicle crash calls pending. That number is down to about 20 as of 9:45 a.m.

Metro Public Health Department will be closing all locations today at noon.

Metro Nashville Public Schools and Metro Parks facilities are closed. Several other Metro offices are closed or operating with limited staff. Citizens with meetings or business with Metro are recommended to confirm with the appropriate agency.

Nashville Public Library locations will open two hours later than normal. For a list of branches and schedules, visit http://www.library.nashville.org/locations/loc_all.asp.

Nashville MTA buses are operating on snow route detours.  AccessRide buses will operate with operator discretion.

To find out how a specific route may be affected, passengers can pick up brochures detailing the snow route detours on the buses, at Music City Central, in display racks in the downtown area, or view it online at nashvillemta.org under the bus services tab.  Customers also may call MTA Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

In addition to the risk of hazardous road conditions, the primary concern during an ice storm is loss of power. Nashville Electric Service had over 10,000 customers without power overnight and has worked tirelessly to reduce that number to approximately 5,000 as of 9:30 am. Customers can call 736-6900 to report power outages.

The Office of Emergency Management asks residents to please stay indoors and be safe.  If non-emergency assistance is needed, please call (615) 862-8600.  The emergency call center is receiving an increased number of calls and 911 should only be used for emergencies.

Officials will provide updates as necessary.  However, residents are encouraged to monitor local media and a NOAA weather radio for additional updates.

The NERVE (Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine) has been activated in coordination with this EOC activation. This new site will provide information about storm related road closures, any evacuation areas or routes, shelters and relief centers. This also includes a media tab with a Twitter feed and press releases. http://nerve.nashville.gov