Cold temperatures linger after precipitation moves out

Cold temperatures linger after precipitation moves out (Image 1)

The National Weather Service has canceled all winter advisories and warnings across Middle Tennessee after all precipitation moved out of the area.

Cold temperatures, however, will linger in Nashville and surrounding counties overnight and through the weekend.

Temperatures will fall below freezing Friday night, which means slick roads, especially on bridges and overpasses in the northwestern areas of the Mid-State where ice accumulated all day on Friday. Puddles of water left from recent downpours could also ice over and leave slippery spots.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation are continuing to keep a close eye on the roads.

Spokesperson Deanna Lambert told News 2 they used salt to treat the roads since rain fell ahead of the ice so brine, a salt-water mixture they typically use, would simply been washed away and would not be effective.

Across the state, TDOT has more than 235,000 tons of salt ready for use.

“We have a skeleton crew that is going to stay all night for possible situations that we have. We may have freezing in north Nashville and may not have anything south Nashville. So we have crews ready on standby just to go out and take care of it,” TDOT salt truck operator Lena Tipton said.

In Montgomery County, nearly 2,000 people were without power Friday evening for a period of time. Crews have since restored service to most customers.

At 3 p.m. Friday in Henry County, officials from the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported the bridge over the Tennessee River as slick and hazardous.

Saturday is expected to be dry, but remain cold with temperatures only reaching the mid-30s with a strong north breeze at 10 to 20 miles-per-hour.

Overnight Saturday, into the early morning hours Sunday, a second round of sleet and freezing rain is expected to push in from the south.

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