TEMA declares state of emergency; ice storm warning issued

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:27pm

Updated 4:20 p.m.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of emergency amid expectations of an ice storm and other hazardous conditions moving across the state Tuesday.

The declaration, according to TEMA's website, "describes an event or period when a serious emergency has occurred or the situation is deteriorating rapidly, and public warnings are being issued."

The Tennessee Emergency Management Plan and the State Emergency Operations Center are activated as part of that declaration.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Nashville has issued an ice storm warning, adding Davidson, Williamson, Cheatham, Robertson and Sumner counties to the list of those under the warning.

The warning is in effect for the above counties — which include the cities of Franklin, Brentwood, Gallatin, Ashland City and Springfield — until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the NWS, precipitation will increase Tuesday afternoon into the evening as temperatures drop as night falls. Ice is expected to accumulate on roads, bridges and overpasses, with accumulations of one-quarter to one-half inch possible.

The NWS warning states, “An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged … .”

Metro Nashville Public Schools has cancelled all athletic practices, games, evening classes, Twilight programs and other activities that require school bus transportation.

Also, all Metro Public Health Department after-hour clinics will be closed this evening due to the weather. All regular clinics will remain open during the normal business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has cancelled a public information meeting on restricted areas around dams that was scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night at McGavock High School. The Nashville district will reschedule the event.

1 Comment on this post:

By: yucchhii on 1/16/13 at 11:15

Too bad the state doesn't know how to take responsibility for taking appropriate action aside from announcing the "EMERGENCY". I'm from up north, (Where up north is irrellevent) yes, I know we get those situations all the time so we know how to deal with it. You may say, "It don't happen here that often"...BUT, never the less, it DOES happen no matter if it's NOT as often. So, when it DOES happen, what are you supposed to do? Close up shop so you can go home before it gets that bad? Or Stay at home and miss work and NOT get paid to make sure you stay safe? I understand BEING SAFE! However, id state officials are not accuctomed to these situations...this is what the INTERNET helps with and the TELEPHONE! They can call officials in other states that are regularly effected by the weather to ask what to do! I see Nashville does "NOTHING". I see NO salt trucks out to salt the roads to help PREVENT black ice. Thus helping to prevent as many vehicle accidents as possible. So, with this kind of communication available, what's the state and cities officials excuse? No $$$ for eqipment? Answer: PRIOITIZE SPENDING!! Spend $$$ on things that are NEEDED even if it's only once in a while...HAVE WHAT IS NEEDED WHEN IT'S NEEDED!!!