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Wilson braves winter weather

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Wilson County residents are dealing with a cold front that arrived Sunday evening and brought with it snow, ice and record-low temperatures.

According to Capt. Steve Spencer with the Wilson Emergency Management Agency, temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Wednesday afternoon when a brief period of above-freezing temperatures is expected to arrive.

“The big thaw will occur on Thursday when temperatures are expected to go above freezing for most of the day,” Spencer said. “A brief wintry mix is expected Thursday morning, but at this time there is very low impact for us from this system. The warming will continue into the weekend with rain on Friday and Saturday.”

Wilson County remains under a wind chill advisory until Tuesday at 6 a.m. with winds out of the northwest from 15 mph-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph that is expected to take wind chills to the negative-10 degree to negative-18-degree range.

Temperatures are expected to be in the single digits Monday night.

“Continue to limit outside exposure and protect pets during this cold snap,” Spencer said.

Travel appears to be better than expected Monday with main roads mostly clear of ice.

“We had a few run off the road-type things, but most people stayed in, which helped us out a lot,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “If people will just slow down and pay attention to what they are doing or just stay home, those are the things that cause us the most problems.”

Bryan credited the county and state road departments for limited problems throughout the winter weather event.

In Mt. Juliet, police set up real-time updates on road conditions at the department’s website. Officers said hazardous road conditions were still evident, but main thoroughfares were clear with a few patches of ice.

Secondary roadways were covered in ice in many places, but there were no road closures.

According to Mt. Juliet police, some of the more hazardous streets were Adams Lane, Benders Ferry, Central Pike, Clemmons Road, Curd Road, E. Division Street, Old Lebanon Dirt Road, Pleasant Grove Road, Rutland Drive and Woodridge Drive.  

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