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Winter Storm Watch for Our Area Tonight

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“Winter returns late tonight (1.11.18) through Friday night as rain is predicted to transition into a wintry mix (freezing rain and sleet) and possibly snow,” said Dale Lane, Shelby County Office of Preparedness director. Driving may become hazardous with limited visibility. “Stay alert!  Listen to the forecast and monitor road conditions. Plan to limit travel during this winter weather,” said Mr. Lane.

The Lakeland School System (LSS) will monitor the situation closely, according to Dr. Ted Horrell, LSS superintendent.  He noted that any school closures will be posted to the LSS Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/lakelandk12 and the LSS webpage www.lakelandk12.org , shared through the mass notification system and with local media.

City Hall will likely not close, according to Jim Atkinson, city manager.  He added that City crews will be out tonight with brine on the streets, trying to get ahead of any issues on the roads.  For up-to-date information on damages or issues in the City related to the winter weather, follow the City Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/LakelandTN and check on the www.nextdoor.com page.

The most recent advisory for the Memphis area from the National Weather Service:

Winter Storm Watch for Shelby County at 11:18 a.m. CST.

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

WHAT… HEAVY MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON FRIDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO TWO INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE.

WHERE… PORTIONS OF NORTH MISSISSIPPI AND WEST TENNESSEE.

WHEN… FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS… SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY ARE POSSIBLE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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WINTER WEATHER WILL SWEEP INTO THE MID-SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.   A STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT USHERING IN RAIN THAT WILL GRADUALLY TRANSITION TO A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, THEN EVENTUALLY TO ALL SNOW FRIDAY. SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION. IN ADDITION, STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL OCCUR AS THE MUCH COLDER AIR FILTERS INTO THE REGION.

Suggestions from Mr. Lane in dealing with inclement winter weather:

Monitor the Forecast: www.weather.gov

  • Keep devices charged to receive weather and traffic alerts.
  • Download weather apps to mobile devices (ReadyTN or FEMA).
  • Have a battery-powered NOAA all-hazards radio.

Travel Safety: Do not drive unnecessarily. If you must travel, plan ahead.

  • Ensure vehicles are tuned up. Check battery, fluids, wipers, heater, defroster, and tires.
  • Include an auto “emergency kit”  with a cell phone and charger, NOAA radio, bottled water, nonperishable food, emergency blankets, coat, hat, scarf, mittens, gloves, flashlight, batteries, portable toilet, hygiene items, HELP/OK sign, first-aid kit, windshield scraper, sand or kitty litter, tools, shovel, tow rope, metal whistle, and jumper cables.
  • Have a full tank of gas.
  • Allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Check TDOT at https://smartway.tn.gov/ for detours and traffic conditions.
  • Use the roads most traveled as they will likely be treated.
  • Let family know your intended route and expected time of arrival.