According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) the State Emergency Operations Center has set its activation at Level III-State of Emergency. This is due to an arctic cold front that moved into Tennessee over the weekend. According to the National Weather Services is the coldest air to the state in two decades.
Updates from the National Weather Service offices have indicated that the following conditions will be present throughout the entire state of Tennessee:
- Rain changing to snow with rapidly falling temps
- 1 inch to 2 inches of snow possible, with locally heavier amounts
- Flash freezing possible, making roadways slick this evening into Monday
- Bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills Sunday night to Monday night (coldest since 1994)
- Temperatures will not get above freezing until Wednesday night
- Wintry mix possible Thursday morning, then showers, near normal temps into the weekend
As of 10 p.m. TEMA’s reported that a strong arctic cold front was bringing snow and causing temperatures to fall rapidly across Tennessee, creating hazardous driving conditions on roadways and making it extremely dangerous for people or pets to be outdoors for even a short amount of time. One to two inches of snow is possible with high temperatures only in the single digits. Bitter cold air, the coldest in the state since 1994, will en rule from Sunday night onward as temperatures won’t climb above freezing until Wednesday. Wind chills could range from -5 to -15 degrees.
TEMA is discouraging traveling overnight, given the potential for slick road conditions with possible flash freezing as temperatures fall rapidly. If traveling is absolutely necessary, call 511 for road conditions and be sure someone knows where you are going and when you arrive. According to Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Deanna Lambers, icy roads are expected in the morning so roads have begun to be salted before temperatures drop any further.
According to The Weather Channel Monday’s high will be 9 degrees with a low of 2 degrees.