Updated: Bitter chill hits Williamson County
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Extreme cold expected again tonight. Use caution while driving. According to the National Weather Service highs today's high reached about 9 degrees. Tonight is expected to be cloudy with a chance of flurries with lows around 2 degrees with wind chill readings around 10 below zero.
Tomorrow, sun is expected with highs around 18 degrees.
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Although a bitter single-digit chill forcefully moved into Williamson County and surrounding areas last night with light snow and ice, salted roadways and high winds have dried some major roads.
However, officials still warn drivers about black ice and slick secondary and backroads.
Even though some roads have been salted, conditions could remain treacherous. "Salt is not very effective unless temperatures reach above 17 degrees," said Sharon Puckett, sheriff’s office spokesperson. “The salt won’t do much at this point. Use extreme caution.”
Earlier this morning Sgt. Charles Warner, public information officer with the Franklin Police Department, tweeted that Pulltight Hill Road and Arno Road were "completely iced over," according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. Some slick spots were reported in areas such as Sneed Road, Flat Creek Road, and Bethesda Road earlier this morning according to Warner.
However, Warner also tweeted that most main routes in Franklin and Brentwood are currently dry.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation also reported that most major interstates routes are dry.
“We are seeing clear roads at this point,” said Deanna Lambert, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson. “We have cleared interstates and have been putting down salt and our crews are looking for slick spots.”
However, Lambert advises drivers to continue to look for icy spots and black ice, especially found on secondary and back roads.
“An area we always watch is the I-840 area,” Lambert said. Salt trucks have been periodically salting the road throughout the night and this morning she said. ”It’s a difficult area because it is not traveled by many cars.” She added that the wind aided in drying roads. Lambert said that crews will periodically salt the road throughout tomorrow morning.
Posted on: 1/6/2014