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State of Emergency Lifted, Cold Temps Still Pose Danger

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UPDATE: TEMA has ended the State of Emergency but warns cold temperatures still pose dangers and advise against people or pets being outdoors. 


NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Per the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: The precipitation has moved out of our state but record cold temperatures remain. The State of Emergency remains at Level-III.


Temperatures will see highs in only the teens and lows in single digits. Wind chills between -5 to -15 degrees are expected to remain until Wednesday. TEMA advises it is dangerous for people or pets to be outdoors for even short periods.



Temperatures will be the coldest since 1994 and will not warm above freezing until Wednesday in the PM. A Wintry mix is possible Thursday morning, followed by showers and then near normal temps into the weekend. Drivers are encouraged to stay off roads and not to travel unless absolutely needed. 


---Call 511 in Tennessee for road condition updates. 


---Call 911 in an emergency on the road or at home. You can also call *THP (847) from a mobile phone to reach the closest THP dispatch office. 


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---Fox 17 SkyWatch Weather: HERE


---Interactive Radar: HERE


---School Closings: HERE


---Steer Clear Traffic Map: HERE


---BNA Flight Status: HERE


---TEMA Web Page: HERE


---SkyWatch Mobile Apps: Apple: HERE  Android: HERE

---Emergency Levels Explained: HERE


Other Precautions to take per TEMA:

--Minimize driving if possible. 

--Make sure your vehicle is prepared and maintained; have sand/kitty litter in your trunk to use if you get stuck, along with a disaster kit that includes winter essentials, such as blankets, flashlights, gloves, first aid kit, food and water. 

--Keep your windshield clean and free from snow and ice. 

--Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop; allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you. 

--Use low gears to keep traction, mainly on hills. 

--Avoid using cruise control on icy roadways. 

--Refer to your vehicles owners manual on how to properly maneuver your vehicle on icy conditions. 

--Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses, as they tend to freeze first. 

--During times of snow, have your lights on to be more visible to others.  

If you will be outside for extended periods of time, take extra precautions such as:  

--Wear loose, lightweight warm layers of clothes, a hat, mittens, scarf and waterproof shoes. 

--Keep dry. 

--Watch for signs of frostbite; these include loss of feeling and white/pale appearance in fingers/toes/tip of the nose. 

--Watch for signs of hypothermia; these include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, slurred speech and disorientation. 

--If frostbite or hypothermia is detected, get medical help as soon as possible. 


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