A picturesque winter scene continues to weigh heavy on Dickson County and surrounding areas.
Trees, fence posts, and power lines along Tennessee 48 South remained encased in ice Tuesday morning, after a mix of precipitation and freezing temperatures moved into middle Tennessee Sunday night.
On Tuesday, several thousand Dickson Electric Systems (DES) customers were still waiting for the ice to melt and the heat to return.
The weight of ice and snow toppled tree trunks and snapped tree limbs. The downed trees took down countless power poles and electric lines.
The damage forced the closure of TN 48 from West Piney Road to Bruce Road, but the stretch was only a small glimpse of widespread outages that affected upwards of 10,000 DES customers Monday.
By Tuesday morning, those numbers were cut in half to about 4,800 customers.
DES linemen have been at work since the power outages began. Additional crews have also been contracted to help.
Crews are working long hours, day and night, to restore power across five counties. They've been challenged by lingering freezing temperatures and icy roads in an effort to replace poles, repost transformers, and rehang lines.
DES expects the number of customers without power to decrease significantly as progress continues throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening.
The largest remaining outage is affecting nearly 1,000 customers along Tennessee 48 South, according to DES. Those repairs are expected to be completed and power should be restored this afternoon.
- March 3, 2014: Thousands without power after icy trees snap lines