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Forecasters lessen winter weather threat

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:09 PM

The National Weather Service cancelled a winter weather advisory for Wilson County and the rest of Middle Tennessee early Sunday evening, but forecasters said the threat remains for snow, ice and subfreezing temperatures.

According to forecasters, a strong arctic front is still expected to move through the area Sunday evening.

Forecasters said as the cold front passes, temperatures will fall rapidly, and a chance of snow still exists with up to ½ inch possible, primarily across northern parts of Middle Tennessee.

Meteorologists are also concerned Sunday afternoon rain, along with the expected evening snow, will freeze quickly on roads and other surfaces. Road conditions are expected to quickly deteriorate as icy areas develop, which would keep travel conditions hazardous into Monday morning.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday at 8 a.m., and a wind advisory remains in effect until Monday at midnight.

Both Lebanon and Wilson County schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to the potential impact of winter storms.

School officials made the decision Sunday at about 2:15 p.m. and based it on potentially hazardous road conditions and dangerously low temperatures.

All Wilson County schools daycare and extracurricular activities are cancelled both Monday and Tuesday. Lebanon schools daycare will remain open, but extracurricular activities are cancelled.

Wilson County teachers, administrators and other school officials are expected to report Tuesday at noon.

Friendship Christian School officials also cancelled classes Monday. In addition, there will be no extended care or athletic events. Cap and gown photos will be rescheduled.

Officials at Cumberland University and McClain Christian Academy are expected to make a decision on whether to cancel classes sometime early Sunday evening.

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