NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An Arctic cold front is diving southward, bringing very cold air into Tennessee for Monday night.
The National Weather Service said temperatures might rise about 10 degrees from Monday morning lows, but then will do down dramatically after sunset.
For Tuesday and Wednesday, highs are expected to remain below freezing in Nashville, Clarksville, Crossville and the Tri-Cities. Highs right at freezing are predicted for Knoxville and Union City. Temperatures should top in the upper 30s in Memphis and Chattanooga.
By Thursday night and Friday, there's a chance of cold rain in southern parts of the state, but snow and sleet in some northern areas of Tennessee.
As the freezing temperatures stick around, pet owners are reminded to give their outdoor pets extra attention, especially short haired dogs and puppies.
“If it's possible to bring the dog in, [do so], even if it's a garage, it doesn't have to be heated,” explained Mary Davis of Volunteer Vet Clinic in Hendersonville.
Davis also recommends pet owners to use bedding in outdoor or garage dog houses that include blankets or pine straw.
“Another thing you want to think about is water,” she said. “Make sure the water goes inside the structure so that it also stays warm, because water will freeze.”
In addition to giving outdoor pets extra attention, horticulturist Bob Scott of Long Hollow Gardens in Gallatin said many plants, with the exception of boxwoods, will not be damaged by the forecasted temperatures.
“Depending on your location and how much wind is coming you'd want to wrap those. We generally use burlap,” he explained. “A thick sheet will protect this foliage from desecrating from super cold winds and frozen ground where they can't get any moisture.”
Nashville's News 2 also spoke to two plumbers ahead of the winter temperatures who said temperatures in the teens rarely cause problems with pipes freezing.
Both plumbers said they recommend homeowners keep doors closed in the garage to prevent winds from blowing directly onto water pipes.
Check the current conditions and latest forecast at WKRN.com/Weather.