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Ice expected to impact travel Friday morning

Mary Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Editor's Note: In advance of Friday's edition hitting newstands, we are releasing this web version to keep our readers informed of weather conditions.

Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Capt. Steve Spencer advises Wilson County residents be on the lookout for icy conditions Friday morning.

In the last few weeks he's been on the alert for everything from thunderstorms and tornadoes to snow, ice and frigid temperatures, so for him, it's once more with feeling.  

Following his briefing with the National Weather Service on Thursday, Spencer said Mother Nature is once again stalking the county.

"Basically we will be placed under a winter weather advisory beginning at midnight [Thursday] until noon on Friday," he said. "A cold front will move in from the southwest bringing with it moisture. When this moisture interacts with the already cold air we can expect a brief period of freezing rain as this moisture freezes on contact. The timing of this event will be from 3 until 9 a.m. when warmer temperatures will prevail and the frozen precipitation turns to all rain."

The ice accumulation won't be very thick, but when it comes to ice a little goes a long way.

"The greatest impact will be the morning commute, when bridges and overpasses will be cold enough to produce black ice and upper surfaces receive a coat of thin ice," he said. "The amount of accumulation for our area is expected to be around .10 to .20 of an inch, but that is all it takes to create hazardous road conditions. It's not expected to damage trees or power lines."

Spencer summed up the situation.

"We will receive a quick burst of winter weather in the early morning hours to interfere with the morning commute and by noon we will never know anything happened," he said. "It will come in in a hurry and leave in a hurry."

He said he is in contact with the city and county school systems about the forecast and since this weather will definitely impact the morning commute he thinks schools schedules will be affected.

According to Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis, the decision to delay or cancel school Friday would be made Friday morning. Lebanon schools, along with Friendship Christian Academy, are expected to follow the same procedure.

In a notice that should surprise no one, Spencer mentioned everyone should expect an immediate and drastic change to follow on the heels of this latest cold weather event.

"Next week the temperatures are expected to warm with the six day outlook being a chance of severe thunderstorms late next week," he said. "That's why we say 'If you don't like the weather in Tennessee, wait and it will change.'"

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