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Flash Report #1 - Winter Weather Event

Sunday, February 14, 2021 | 11:05pm

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wintery precipitation will persist throughout the state through Tuesday evening. West and Middle Tennessee are expected to see the highest snowfall and ice accumulations.
  • The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is activated and staffed to monitor weather, road conditions, and address any life safety needs.
  • State of Emergency remains declared and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan is activated to support the Severe Winter Weather efforts.
  • Freezing rain, sleet, and snow are expected to cause significant impacts to roadways.

CURRENT SITUATION

A major winter storm will move through the Tennessee Valley beginning February 14. This storm system is expected to bring freezing rain, sleet, and snow throughout the state, with the greatest impacts in West and Middle Tennessee.

Winter Storm Warnings are in affect for most West and Middle Tennessee counties. Winter Weather Advisories and Hazardous Weather Outlooks have also been issued for East Tennessee counties. The storm system will create hazardous travel conditions and will likely cause power outages and tree damage due to significant ice accumulations.

TEMA continues to support local emergency management agencies and is monitoring weather forecasts and road conditions.

COVID-19 vaccine Points of Distribution (PODs) have been cancelled for Monday in West and Mid-Cumberland regions, as well as in Putnam County. PODs in East and Northeast counties will decide Monday morning.

There are no reports of weather-related injuries or fatalities. Davidson county has one shelter operating at this time. Warming centers are operational in Shelby and Henry counties.

TDOT

  •   Continuing to monitor road conditions across the state. At this time, there are no major issues.

POWER OUTAGES & UTILITY

  •   At this time, there are approximately 3,000 customers without power statewide.

PROTECTIVE ACTIONS/KEY MESSAGES

  • Refrain from driving to keep available streets and roads clear for emergency personnel.
  • Continue to monitor radio and television broadcasts for further weather information and instructions.
  • Charge electronic devices in case of loss of power.
  • If using a space heater, ensure at least 3 feet of distance surrounding the heater. Never plug space heaters into extension cords.
  • Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Do not plug generators into your home’s electrical wiring.

FORECAST

  • Memphis: Tonight, expect snow and sleet throughout the evening. Low around 7 degrees.
  • Nashville: Tonight, light freezing rain will develop across the area. The far northwest will have light snow and sleet. A low around 15 degrees.
  • Knoxville:  Tonight, expect clouds with rain and possible freezing rain. Low around 32 degrees.

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