A winter weather advisory has expired for Nashville and most of Middle Tennessee. The advisory remains in effect for the extreme eastern counties near the Cookeville area.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory on Thursday ahead of forecasted freezing rain and sleet.
As a precaution, several Middle Tennessee counties decided to cancel or delay school on Friday ahead of the forecasted winter weather. Among those that opened two hours late were Williamson and Rutherford counties.
Several schools decided to close for the day including Cheatham, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, and Wilson counties. For a complete list of school closings, click here.
In parts of east Tennessee, including Knoxville, an ice storm warning has been issued until 7 p.m.
Late Friday morning, Knoxville reported freezing rain.
Several accidents were reported along side roads including a pileup involving over six cars on Bull Run Road near the Davidson-Cheatham County line.
Some slick spots were being reported in Putnam and Sumner counties. Glazing was being reported on decks and railings around 4 a.m. Friday.
“Ice and sleet is always one of those unpredictable situations, because you just don't know really what's going to happen until it happens,” said Deanna Lambert, spokesperson for Tennessee Department of Transportation.
TDOT crews worked to prepare the roadways Thursday, spraying a salt-water mixture of brine on highways and secondary roads.
The threat of freezing rain brings the possibility of slick spots, especially on exposed surfaces like bridges and overpasses.
“You really kind of have to get ahead of the ice storm with putting down the pre-treatment, the brine on the roads,” Lambert continued. “With snow, you really get out there with your salt plows and it's kind of a situation once it starts coming down, you kind of get out and start maneuvering it.”
Thanks to a milder late fall and early winter season, salt supplies are abundant in middle Tennessee.
By Noon on Friday, the rain had mostly pushed out of the Nashville area. Temperatures were expected to reach the 40s before dropping to the mid 20s overnight.
On Saturday, the cold temperatures will stick around with a high in the low 40s.
By next week, temperatures are expected to reach the mid 50s to mid 60s.
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