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WEMA warns of possible travel problems
Jan 15, 2013 3:15 pm
Following a briefing Tuesday afternoon from the National Weather Service, Capt. Steve Spencer with the Wilson Emergency Management Agency said Wilson County residents need to exercise caution on the roads.
"The ice storm warning has moved closer to us to include Davidson and Sumner counties, but at this time Wilson County remains under a winter weather advisory until 8 a.m. Wednesday," Spencer said Tuesday afternoon.
Wilson County Schools announced the cancellation of all after-school activities Tuesday due to a winter storm advisory for the area.
Spencer said conditions will probably deteriorate after sunset.
"We are expecting freezing rain and rain this evening, but the NWS feels the impact for Wilson County, at least during the daylight hours, will be minimal with the greatest impact to travel being bridges and overpasses more toward the late afternoon hours," he said. "Locally, we should see ice accumulate on the top of mailboxes, cars and suspended surfaces, but little to roads except for the bridges and overpasses."
Spencer cautioned any local sports teams with games west of the county Tuesday night to beware.
"If any of our schools have sporting events to the west of I-65 toward the Tennessee River this area is under an ice storm warning with accumulations around 1/2 inch, and the roads are cold enough to stick," he said. "Trips to the east and southeast will encounter heavy rains and possible flooding and ponding on roads."
Spencer said travel in the county should be doable, but caution is advised as the situation is subject to change.
"Again, the weather service does not expect huge impacts on travel in Wilson County, but drivers should always treat bridges and overpasses as having a potential for ice with these temperatures," Spencer said.