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December 5, 2013

UPDATE: Ice Storm Warning, many cancellations issued for northwest Middle Tennessee

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—UPDATE (8:30 p.m.): APSU’s academic activities for Saturday, Dec. 7 have been cancelled due to weather conditions. The APSU Woodward Library and the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center will be closed Saturday, Dec. 7. The Gymnastics meet scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 has been cancelled.

The Holiday Dinner scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom will continue as scheduled. Those planning to attend should check the APSU home page at www.apsu.edu for status updates throughout the day Saturday. Community School of the Arts recitals scheduled from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Music/Mass Communication Concert Hall have been cancelled.
The 2 p.m and 7 p.m. performances of “The Nutcracker” for Saturday, Dec. 7 have been rescheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20. All tickets purchased online for both the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances will be honored. Please visit www.dancetheatretn.org/nutcracker2013.php for more information.

—UPDATE (11 a.m.): Due to the onset of inclement weather, all City of Clarksville offices will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today. All essential employees will remain on duty and the Clarksville Police Department, Clarksville Fire Rescue, CDE, Clarksville Gas & Water and the Street Department will continue to address any and all safety issues. City offices will re-open for regularly scheduled hours on Monday, December 9, 2013.

All Montgomery County Government offices will be closing today at 2 p.m. due to the wintry weather conditions. Public Safety personnel will report as scheduled.

APSU will close at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, due to a high probability of dangerous weather conditions. All classes and events after 1:30 p.m. are cancelled. This includes Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell and classes and activities in Springfield and Dickson. All campus events for Friday afternoon and evening are cancelled, including the President’s Holiday Open House. Some events may be rescheduled.

—UPDATE (9:00 a.m./December 6): An ice storm will impact northwest Middle Tennessee today and tonight, according the National Weather Service.

A strong cold front has brought ample amounts of rainfall and as cold air moves in behind that the rain will change to freezing and sleet across northwest Middle Tennesee this morning. As surface temperatures fall to freezing, ice accumulations will be likely.

Upwards of one-half inch is possible for the northwest counties of Middle Tennessee. Precipitation may change  to freezing drizzle or snow before ending tonight.

Impacts could be quite hazardous for the region.

— CMCSS Schools closed on Friday, December 6.

— CDE ready to deal with expected power outages

— UPDATE (7:06 p.m.): The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning in effect from 9 a.m. Friday until 12 a.m. Saturday, with the potential for additional icing Saturday night into Sunday morning. With this storm comes the potential for power outages from downed trees and power lines. 

CDE continuously monitors threatening weather situations and has a plan in place that restores electric service in the safest and most efficient manner possible. In addition to mobilizing its own work force, CDE has already arranged for its contractors to keep additional crews on standby in the event the storm hits.

The fastest way to report an outage is to use CDE’s automated telephone system. It has the ability to recognize the customer’s phone number, meter number, or account number, and identify the customer’s address almost instantly. During major outages, CDE will periodically provide outage updates on the system as well. Once an outage has been reported, there is no need to keep calling. The system will give the option to call back once CDE believes the power has been restored.

CDE will continuously maintain communications with local media outlets and emergency officials regarding the restoration process. Customers with battery-powered wireless devices may report their outage online at www.clarksvillede.com and receive restoration updates through the CDE Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Most importantly, CDE directs customers to stay away from any type of downed lines or trees that have fallen on lines. Please report these to CDE at 931-648-8151.

—UPDATE (6:57 p.m.): All Clarksville-Montgomery County schools will be closed tomorrow due to the impending ice storm. An Ice Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for a time period from 9 a.m. Friday through midnight Friday night. Up to half an inch of ice could coat the greater Montgomery County area by Saturday morning. A second system promises additional accumulations of ice, sleet or snow on Saturday through Sunday night

—UPDATE (11:53 a.m.): The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for northwest Middle Tennessee from 9 a.m. through Friday night.

A strong cold front will bring ample rainfall that will change to freezing rain and a sleet mix across northwest Middle Tennessee. Sleet and ice accumulations will be likely by Friday night. Impacts from this storm will be quite hazardous. The impact is not expected to reach the Nashville Metro area though that area could experience slick travel Friday night.

Downed trees and power lines will create power outages. Travel is strongly discouraged due to the significant amounts of ice expected.

8:15 a.m. Montgomery County and the City of Clarksville are preparing for a major ice storm on Friday and a second round of freezing rain Saturday night through Sunday.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch from 9 a.m. through Friday night as potent arctic air  moves into Middle Tennessee, dropping temperatures  to the freezing mark and below and changing today’s rain to Friday’s wintry mix. The storm is expected to be quite hazardous for northwest Middle Tennessee including Clarksville.

Emergency Management staff are poised to meet the threat, which includes possible flooding  Rainfall over the next two days could total three inches, with additional rainfall over the balance of the weekend bringing that total to 5-6 inches. Red Cross shelters are on standby if needed.

On Saturday a flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will surge into the Clarksville area, setting the stage for a second punch of rain and freezing rain. The rainfall will not end until Wednesday.

Montgomery County has 18 trucks and 26 pieces of snow and ice removal equipment ready to be put to use. The Clarksville Street Department has 26 trucks equipped with snowplows and saltboxes to run 18 routes around the city.

Business Clarksville will update this story and continue to track the progress of the storm.

 



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