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Wilson braces for winter weather

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

With advisories from the National Weather Service in effect through Tuesday morning, Wilson County is expected to get snow, possible ice and subfreezing temperatures.

According to Capt. Steve Spencer with the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, rain is expected to begin sometime Sunday after 3 p.m. as a cold front moves through Middle Tennessee. He said the front is expected to cause a significant decrease in temperatures with rain changing to snow between 6-9 p.m.

“The concern is that the temperatures are expected to drop so fast that any water left on the roads due to the rain may not have time to evaporate before turning to ice, so travel could be affected late [Sunday night],” Spencer said. “Once the snow begins, we could see around 1 inch accumulation with greater accumulations east.”

Spencer said the main threat will be the extreme cold, temperatures will drop to single digits Sunday night and not rise above freezing again until Wednesday afternoon. The wind chill for Monday will be negative-10 degrees to negative-15 degrees, creating a dangerous situation for anyone working outside.

“Special consideration and planning should be made for pets and agricultural animals during this event,” Spencer said. “Time spent outdoors should be limited and be sure your vehicle is prepared for the cold.”

NWS forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Wilson County from Sunday at 5 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. A wind chill advisory will be in effect from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday at 8 a.m., and a wind advisory is 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 all extracurricular activities are cancelled.

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

Friendship Christian School officials also made the decision to cancel classes Monday. 

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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