Nashville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management Winter Weather Update

Temperatures in Davidson County are expected to remain dangerously low Saturday morning before rain moves into the area later in the day.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts Saturday will be partly cloudy and warmer. Highs for our area should be in the mid to upper 40s. Nashville could the see between 1.5 inches and 2 inches of rain Saturday night into Sunday morning.

It is important you take precautions during this weather event both at home and when traveling along roadways.

For important safety information and weather updates sign up for the Metro Emergency Alert & Notification System. (MEANS) It is free to download.

Metro Nashville Davidson County Department Evening Updates (Metro Offices and MNPS are usually closed on Saturdays)

Nashville Office of Emergency Management

OEM Cold Patrol

  • ESU Personnel who worked – 11
  • Blankets distributed – 42
  • Assisted EMS units – 13
  • Assisted stranded motorists – 11
  • Eight ESU personnel worked 62 manhours.

COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccination centers operated by Meharry Medical College will be closed Saturday. Operations are scheduled to resume Monday, January 10, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.

Metro Nashville Police Department

While road conditions have further improved in Friday’s sunshine, neighborhood streets remain snowy, icy and slick.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution and slower speeds throughout the day and evening. Some interstate on-ramps remain slushy and slippery.

Follow the MNPD on twitter, @mnpdnashville, for details on major closures.

Nashville Department of Transportation & Multimodal Infrastructure

NDOT crews are plowing and salting secondary routes today, in addition to continuing response to emergency calls. Primary routes have been cleared and conditions are being monitored. Road conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the night as temperatures drop and roadways refreeze.

Warming temperatures Saturday will help melt much of the remaining snow and ice from roadways, and road conditions should improve significantly throughout the day.

NDOT encourages residents to please avoid driving if at all possible to allow our crews time and room to get roadways safely cleared.

More information about NDOT’s winter weather response

Winter weather response updates can be found on NDOT’s twitter page: @nashvilleDOT

Metro Social Services

The Extreme Cold Weather Overflow Shelter closed at 9:00 am. It will not be open on Saturday night.

Metro DEC

Call totals since 2:00 p.m. Friday through 8:00 a.m. Saturday

  • 9-1-1 calls: 906
  • Non-Emergency Calls:1,247

Since 2:00 p.m. hours Friday, DEC worked the following weather-related incidents:

  • 78 – safety hazards
  • 7 injury accidents
  • 43 non-injury accidents blocking lanes

Metro Water Services

Residents are reminded to protect their private plumbing in extreme cold temperatures.

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

The Metro Office Building is closed due to inclement weather, this includes all departments., including Metro Water Services Development Services and Permits.

WeGo Transit

These routes began the service day on Saturday, January 8 at 7:15 a.m., and staff will assess road conditions for opportunities to add additional service throughout the day.

The bus routes currently in operation until 6:15 p.m. today are:

  • 4 Shelby (to Shelby and 19th) 17 12th Avenue South
  • 6 Lebanon Pike 18 Airport
  • 8 8th Avenue South 29 Jefferson
  • 14 Whites Creek

The bus routes currently in operation until 8:15 p.m. today are:

  • 3 West End/White Bridge 52 Nolensville Pike
  • 7 Hillsboro Pike 55 Murfreesboro Pike
  • 22 Bordeaux 56 Gallatin Pike
  • 23 Dickerson Pike 76 Madison (to Neely’s Bend and Larkin Springs)
  • 50 Charlotte Pike (to White Bridge)

As a reminder, the bus routes scheduled to begin service tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. on snow detours (where applicable) are:

  • 3 West End/White Bridge 22 Bordeaux
  • 4 Shelby (to Shelby and 19th) 23 Dickerson Pike
  • 6 Lebanon Pike 29 Jefferson
  • 7 Hillsboro Pike 50 Charlotte Pike (to White Bridge only)
  • 8 8th Avenue South 52 Nolensville Pike
  • 14 Whites Creek 55 Murfreesboro Pike
  • 17 12th Avenue South 56 Gallatin Pike
  • 18 Airport 76 Madison (to Neely’s Bend and Larkin Springs)

WeGo Access (paratransit) service will operate in a limited capacity, providing service for medical and work trips only on Saturday. Paratransit customers are advised to prepare for possible delays as drivers will be proceeding with caution through neighborhoods. Access staff will begin notifying customers tonight if their previously scheduled trips are affected by this change in service level. Access on Demand service will not be available.

Safety is our number one priority, so please be aware that there may be additional delays as bus operators are proceeding cautiously. We ask that you allow for additional travel time so we can help get you where you need to go safely.

The Customer Information Booth at WeGo Central is closed Friday. Customers may contact the Customer Care Call Center until 8 p.m. or visit WeGoTransit.com.Customers should watch for media alerts on local television stations, follow WeGo Public Transit on social media (@WeGoTransit), and visit WeGoTransit’s weather alerts page for continuous updates. Customers can also check one of the mobile real-time information tools such as Google Transit or the Transit App, or all WeGo Customer Care at 615-862-5950 for detailed information and service updates.

Nashville Public Library

For the latest opening status, NPL urges people to check the following channels:

Metro Parks

All Metro Parks community and all nature centers will remain closed. The programs/events have been cancelled.
The Parthenon, Centennial Sportsplex and Centennial Art Center will also remain closed due to inclement weather and below freezing temperatures.

Heating Safety

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Driving Safety

You should also be careful when traveling on roadways. Freezing rain, sleet, black ice, and fog are all hazards to be aware of when driving.

You can check current road conditions online on the TDOT Smartway Map.

If weather reports indicate icy conditions, consider staying off the roads until they are clear.

Black ice is highly transparent, so it is hard to see while driving.

Tips that may help if you get caught in areas of black ice:

  • Keep your steering wheel straight. If you turn the wheel, you have a better chance of sliding and losing control of your vehicle.
  • Do not brake. Braking causes the vehicle to slide, especially if you brake too hard.
  • Take your foot off the accelerator to reduce speed. It is best to let the car stop on its own if you have enough room in front of you.

Protect your Pets

  • Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! More pet prep tips
  • Wipe dog’s paws after each trip outside. Ice-melting chemicals or rock salt can cause irritation, sickness or be fatal.
  • Your pet may think antifreeze is sweet, but it can be deadly. Animal Antifreeze Safety

Prepare now for lost power

Portable Generator Safety

  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust by operating your generator outside for proper ventilation.
  • Never refuel your generator when it is running. Let it cool down first.
  • Do not store fuel in a garage, basement or inside your home. Vapors can be released that can cause illness and are a potential fire hazard.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector inside your home to warn you in case of a gas leak.
  • Never hook up a generator directly to your home’s electrical service or wiring. This can cause back feeding and poses a serious risk to NES lineworkers.

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