Nashville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management Winter Weather Evening Update

Temperatures in Davidson County are expected to remain dangerously low overnight Friday.

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.

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 and Notification System. (MEANS) It is free to download.

Metro Nashville Davidson County Department Updates

Metro offices and Metro Nashville Public Schools are usually closed on Saturdays.

Nashville Office of Emergency Management

OEM Dispatch

  • Salt and snow removal requests – 149
  • BDOT requests for stuck and disabled vehicles – 43
  • O.E.M. personnel response today – 5

Cold Patrol Thursday Night

  • ESU Personnel who worked – 11
  • Blankets distributed – 42
  • Assisted EMS units – 13
  • Assisted stranded motorists – 11

The OEM’s Emergency Support Unit (OEM ESU) will conduct cold patrols on Friday to make sure people needing shelter can get out of the cold.

During the cold patrols, OEM ESU Members will provide blankets, gloves, hand warmers and other care items to those who would like them.

COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccination centers operated by Meharry Medical College will be closed Saturday.

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 tomorrow (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

Transportation to the Extreme Cold Weather Overflow Shelter or other sheltering options will be arranged for people who want to get out of the cold.

An Extreme Cold Weather Shelter is opened Wednesday and will remain close Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

Metro’s Extreme Cold Weather Shelter will be set up at the 3230 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN 37207. A Transportation “Hub and Spoke” plan is in place for outreach workers to drop off individuals at designated locations in West, East, North, and South Nashville, to catch free vans to WeGo Central.

Community partners will also receive instructions on after-hours overflow shelter drop-off procedures. People going to the shelter will ride free from WeGo Central on WeGo Public Transit line 23B between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on nights when the Extreme Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is open. Seasonal cold weather activated passes are available from outreach partners.

Metro overflow shelter is accessible for men, women, couples, and people with pets. Standard hours of operation upon activation are 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Metro Social Services office is closed however, staff is working remotely and still taking calls for those needing services. Our operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Families can call 615-862-6400.

There will be no disruption to our nutritional plan (meal delivery service) for our clients. In anticipation of the weather, we delivered additional/enough meals to all clients that will be sufficient to hold them through the weather system. This was done to ensure they don’t miss a meal. Daily delivery will resume once the weather system lifts.

Metro DEC

Call totals since 8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Friday: (compared to the same time period last week, Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31)

  • 9-1-1 calls: 315 (369)
  • Non-Emergency Calls: 554 (676)

Since 8:00 a.m. DEC has worked the following weather-related incidents:

  • 35 safety hazards
  • 11 injury accidents
  • 44 non-injury accidents blocking lanes

Call totals since midnight Thursday morning through 2:00 p.m. Friday:

  • 9-1-1 calls: 2,116 (3,126)
  • Non-Emergency Calls: 2,801 (4,123)

Since the start of this storm, DEC has worked the following weather-related incidents:

  • 360 safety hazards
  • 65 injury accidents
  • 198 non-injury accidents blocking lanes

Metro Water Services

Due to potentially hazardous road conditions, trash collection crews will not be working today. Trash routes will not be picked up and all Metro Convenience Centers will be closed. The recycling drop off sites will remain open but will not be serviced.

The Customer Services lobby will be closed. However, Customer Service Representatives are available at 615-862-4600. Customers can also receive account information and pay their bill online at Water Services Customer Account Information, through the IVR by calling 615-862-4600 or at one of the outdoor kiosks located at 1700 Third Ave N.

All Metro Water Services field activities will be limited to emergency response.

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

For the remainder of service Friday, January 7, WeGo Public Transit will continue operating reduced service on limited routes until the last bus departures from WeGo Central at 6:15 p.m. for local/neighborhood routes and 8:15 p.m. for major corridors. These same routes will begin 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 & 19th)
  • 6 Lebanon Pike
  • 8 8th Avenue South
  • 14 Whites Creek
  • 17 12th Avenue South
  • 18 Airport
  • 19 Herman

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

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

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
  • 4 Shelby (to Shelby and 19th)
  • 6 Lebanon Pike
  • 7 Hillsboro Pike
  • 8 8th Avenue South
  • 14 Whites Creek
  • 17 12th Avenue South
  • 18 Airport
  • 22 Bordeaux
  • 23 Dickerson Pike
  • 29 Jefferson
  • 50 Charlotte Pike (to White Bridge only)
  • 52 Nolensville Pike
  • 55 Murfreesboro Pike
  • 56 Gallatin Pike
  • 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 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. Antifreeze Animal Safety

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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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