State Emergency in place due to severe winter storm in Tennessee, USA

State Of Emergency

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.
 
A major, late winter storm will spread across much of West and Middle Tennessee this afternoon and tonight bringing sub-freezing temperatures and causing rain to change to freezing rain, sleet and snow before ending Thursday.
 
A Winter Storm Warning is in now in effect for West Tennessee until 9 a.m. Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for Middle Tennessee until Thursday morning, along and north of I-40. Snowfall could be between 2-6 inches with about a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.
 
A Winter Weather Advisory also is in place south of I-40 but could change to a Winter Weather Warning later today. A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for parts of East Tennessee. A Winter Storm Warning will be in place from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday for the Cumberland Plateau area to around Middlesboro.
 
The major threats of this weather event are power outages and hazardous road conditions.
The State Emergency Operations Center has the following response plan in place:
· The National Guard has four units on standby in Cookeville, Dickson, Jackson and Murfreesboro to assist with wellness checks and other life-safety needs should they arise.
· TDOT is loading trucks with salt to begin spreading as soon as it starts snowing.
 
· TEMA’s East, Middle and West regional offices are staffed and polling counties for situational awareness and information on conditions.
 
· SEOC holding weather update calls with National Weather Service offices in Tennessee.
 
· There are no shelters currently open in Tennessee and no reports of power outages from the current weather system.
The major priorities of the SEOC include:
· Address life safety needs
 
· Support local governments
 
· Fulfill resource requests
 
· Monitor changing weather conditions
 
· Assess roadways and assist any stranded motorists
Courtesy of Local 8 Now News

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