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Wild winter weather forecast for Wednesday
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It’s not an opportune time to be outdoors, unless you like rain, snow and frigid cold.
The temperature never climbed above freezing on Tuesday, setting up what forecasters predict will be three days of nasty weather.
According to the National Weather Service, about an inch of snow and up to .10 of an inch of ice can be expected Wednesday for the area of the Cumberland Plateau which includes Warren County. A snow and rain mix is expected to start around 3 a.m. and continue till 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Thursday will be more rain, but temperatures in the 40s will prevent it from turning to snow or ice.
On Friday, AccuWeather says the rain will turn to snow later in the day as the temperature drops to a low of 27 degrees. Accumulation is expected to be around .5 of an inch.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is well aware of the forecast and says it’s dedicated to keeping the roads clear.
“Tennessee often sees the bulk of its winter weather in January and February,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Our salt bins are fully stocked and our employees are ready to mobilize in the event of inclement weather. Clearing our highways as quickly as possible is essential in our efforts to keep motorists safe and keep traffic moving.”
TDOT has 813 salt trucks and 682 brine trucks to use statewide. Its snow and ice budget for this fiscal year is $19.5 million.
For Warren County’s region, which is Region 2, TDOT has 7,631 miles of interstates and state routes it keeps clear.