Parts of Middle Tennessee woke up to freezing rain Tuesday as a blast of wintry weather moved across the region. Another wave of freezing rain, along with ice, is possible starting this evening.
Spotters reported light icing in Montgomery County, Williamson County and Cheatham County on elevated surfaces and in higher elevations.
A winter weather advisory is in place for most of the region until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with up to 0.02 inches of ice accumulation possible.
“Plan on slippery road conditions,” NWS said. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.”
Clarksville and the surrounding areas could see freezing rain and ice as early as the 3-6 p.m. window, according to NWS. The greater Nashville area is expected to see the evening wave from roughly 3-6 p.m. Finally, the eastern and southeastern part of the region will see the second wave of weather from about 10 p.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Several schools districts announced delays or closures due to the winter weather Wednesday. See the full list here.
Current weather advisories
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the following counties:
Bedford; Cannon; Cheatham; Coffee; Clay; Cumberland; Davidson; De Kalb; Dickson; Fentress; Giles; Grundy; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Jackson; Lawrence; Lewis; Macon; Marshall; Montgomery; Maury; Overton; Perry; Pickett; Putnam; Robertson; Rutherford; Smith; Stewart; Sumner; Trousdale; Van Buren; Warren; Wayne; White; Williamson; Wilson
A look at road conditions in Middle Tennessee; I-40 backup near Memphis
While a few wrecks cropped up throughout the day, no major travel issues or wrecks were reported as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Conditions can change quickly, officials warned, and the freezing rain may cause slick spots on roads and especially bridges.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511. The Tennessee Department of Transportation also has live traffic cameras via its SmartWay traffic maps at smartway.tn.gov/traffic.
In West Tennessee, massive backups and multiple wrecks were reported Tuesday afternoon along Interstate 40 near Memphis. Roads, bridges and overpasses have remained frozen over throughout the day, according to NWS Memphis. Another wave of freezing rain and ice are also expected in West Tennessee on Tuesday.
“Freezing rain is the most dangerous type of winter precipitation,” NWS Memphis said. “If you don’t absolutely have to be out on the roads today, don’t be.”
Nashville-area weather radar
Tuesday: Freezing rain likely before 10 a.m., then a chance of rain after 3 p.m. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Rain, sleet and freezing rain are all possible overnight into Wednesday morning. Overnight chance of precipiation is 80%. High: 37; Low: 30
Wednesday: A slight chance of snow before 7 a.m., then a slight chance of freezing rain between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Rain is likely after midnight, with a 60% chance of precipitation. High: 40; Low: 33
Thursday: Rain likely. Chance of precipitation is 70%, decreasing to 20% at night. High: 43; Low 27
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind around 5 mph.
Friday: Sunny. High: 41; Low: 23
Craig Shoup contributed to this story.
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