Ice Storm Warning: Robertson Co., TN/KY Border, Advisory For Southern Middle TN Counties
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – An Ice Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory have been issued, and are in effect from 6 pm this evening through 6 pm Thursday for freezing rain and ice accumulation potential, according to the US National Weather Service Nashville Tennessee.
In the Ice Storm Warning area, ice accumulations of a quarter up to a half-inch with hazardous travel, power outages, and tree damage all possible.
In the Winter Weather Advisory area, little ice accumulation up to around a quarter of an inch is possible, with slick spots on bridges, overpasses, and secondary roads, especially during the morning commute Thursday.
If temperatures cool just a few degrees from the current forecast in the advisory area, additional ice accumulation will occur, and potential for power outages, tree damage, and hazardous travel will increase.
Even if you are not in the warning or advisory, be prepared just in case temperatures fall to around or below freezing, and icing may occur. Variability in just a degree or two anywhere in the mid state (especially in the warning and advisory areas) tonight and Thursday can drastically change the forecast from more ice than expected, less ice, or, no ice at all.
During the day today is the time to make any last-minute preparations as temperatures will be above freezing area-wide mid-morning through the afternoon, but temperatures will cool quickly after sunset especially in the warning area.
Travel is strongly discouraged. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Prepare for possible power outages. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.
Stay tuned for updates as the warning/advisory areas may be expanded before they go into effect at 6 pm today.
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Create an emergency car kit. It is best to avoid traveling, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your car:
• Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
• Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets
• Windshield scraper
• Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Water and snack food
• First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
• Tow chains or rope
• Tire chains
• Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
• Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
• Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
• Hazard or other reflectors
• Bright colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
• Road maps
• Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water
Bring your pets indoors
If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
Prevent Frozen Pipes:
• Insulate Pipes. The best way to keep your pipes from freezing is to purchase specifically designed pipe insulation.
• Keep Garage Doors Closed.
• Open Cabinets.
• Let Faucets Drip.
• Keep the Thermostat Consistent.
• Seal Cracks and Openings.
• Leave the Heat On.
• Open Interior Doors.