TDOT: Trucks ready at first flake

Snow will begin to fall Friday evening and last into the morning hours Saturday.

Nashville and surrounding communities could see up to five inches of snow by morning.  Clarksville and points to the north and west could see more.

A winter storm warning is in effect through 12 noon Saturday.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, roadways across the area, while snow-free, were slick, creating a dangerous situation the Tennessee Department of Transportation said they can do little about.

In most cases, with the threat of snowy weather looming, TDOT trucks are out in full force, coating area roadways with brine, a mixture of salt and water.

Friday, however, with light rain falling most of the day, applying the brine would do little good.

TDOT said if they had started spreading it on highways Friday morning, the rain would have washed it away.

Instead of wasting it on wet roads, TDOT workers have been gearing up to start spreading the mixture, once the rain turns to snow.

BJ Doughty, TDOT spokesperson, said, “What this salt it has to have something to stick to so we're gonna have to wait until we see some precipitation… As soon as we do, our trucks are loaded with salt, we've got the plows on the front and we've got all our personnel who'll be staying through the night into tomorrow. “

The forecasted weather has also forced MTA to operate city buses on snow routes beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night.

MTA officials will review road conditions Saturday morning to determine if snow routes should continue.

Visit www.Nashvillemta.org for more information and to check the bus schedule.

The threat of snow forced several area school districts to close early and numerous churches and organizations to cancel Friday night and Saturday activities.

Watch News 2 at 10 p.m. and stay with Channel 2 for the latest winter weather coverage. 

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