Metro employees make progress after winter storm

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville Mayor Megan Barry addressed Metro’s response to Friday’s winter weather during a news conference Saturday morning.

Mayor Barry began the conference stating that although Metro has made progress on the roads, they are still slick. She urged multiple times for people to stay home.

Captain Alexander with the Metro Nashville Police department added that, in comparison to Friday, calls are way down. They were working eight accidents throughout the county at the time.

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Metro has been using 19 plows on the main roads. Ten other plows are being worked on and four plows got stuck in ditches last night.

The remaining plows will be moving to secondary roads as soon as the main roads are cleared.

Mayor Barry urged that if you see a snow plow on the road to give it plenty of room.

If your vehicle was abandoned, Captain Alexander said you need to make an effort to get it off the roadway as soon as possible. Green stickers on cars mean an officer has stopped to check it already.

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Public Works will be adding calcium into the salt mixture to help the melting process on the roads.

The temperatures will still be bitter on Saturday through the night so cold patrols will be in Nashville. Several public libraries will be open as warming shelters.

The Main Library at 615 Church Street will be open as well as Bellevue, Green Hills, Hermitage and Southeast libraries. Other libraries like East Nashville, Inglewood, Edgehill, Goodlettsville and Richland park will open at noon. To see if your nearest library is open, call 615-862-5800.

For those without shelter, Mayor Barry said to utilize Room in the Inn first before contacting Metro at 615-862-8750 for help. They will then try to assist you in finding shelter for the night.

About 500 Nashville Electric Service customers remain without power Saturday, but NES continues to work on getting the power back on.

The good news? It’s going to get warmer. Temperatures will climb throughout the week, potentially hitting somewhere in the 50’s by Friday.

Mayor Barry took time during the press conference to thank Metro employees, saying “The spirit of Nashville is one that really likes to help each other.”

Mayor Barry ended the press conference by saying “Y’all be safe. If you don’t have to be on the roads today, stay home.”

Flights to and from Nashville were also impacted by the winter storm, particularly due to the severe threats headed to the eastern seaboard. Get updates at FlyNashville.com.

Submit your winter weather pictures through the News 2 app or send them to pix@wkrn.com. Don’t forget to include where and when the photo was taken.

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