Local schools closed Today
By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post
Well it snowed, right?
It may not have been the 2-4 inches or the 1-3 inches that was called for earlier, but hey, 1 inch or thereabouts is not bad.
“We should see flurries on and off on Friday and Saturday,” said Mark Rose, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.
And it will be colder today and Saturday. A wind chill advisory has been issued by the weather service which means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. It could result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken if you are outside.
Wilson County Schools, Lebanon Special School District, McClain Christian Academy, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Friendship Christian School cancelled classes today.
Arctic air was expected to move into the Middle Tennessee area, and wind chill values on Friday and Friday night could fall to 5 degrees below zero. The wind chill advisory is in effect from 6 a.m., today, to 6 a.m., Saturday.
Rose said the high today should be about 23 with a northwest wind at 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of snow showers/flurries. The low tonight is expected to be about 9 degrees with a 20 percent chance of snow showers/flurries.
The high on Saturday should be about 23 degrees also, with a chance of flurries. The low Saturday night is expected to be around 8.
Look for sunny skies on Sunday, but it will still be cold with a high of 29. The low Sunday night under mostly clear skies will be near 16.
Monday may feel like a heat wave (not really) with a high of 38 and sunny skies. Tuesday’s high should reach 43 under partly sunny skies. The next chance for rain will be Wednesday with a high of 43.
Rose said the weather service expected up to 1 inch of snow to fall yesterday. He said blowing snow was not as much of a concern as it had been previously because less fell than originally expected. Even so, “there’ll be some,” he noted, with the winds today.
Wilson County did not receive a deeper snowfall because there was not enough moisture to bring more than an inch of snow our way.
“The deepest moisture was up to (our) north. The low pressure was up in the Great Lakes (area),” Rose said, noting that was too far north for us to receive much snow.
Rose urged caution if you are out and about today. As temperatures dropped yesterday, snow and slush on roads were expected to freeze making for hazardous driving conditions.
Also, dress warmly, preferably in layers, if you go outside, and wear mittens/gloves and a hat. Try not to leave your skin exposed to the cold for very long if at all possible.
Pay attention to local weather reports on T.V., commercial radio or NOAA Weather Radio.
Staff Writer Jennifer Horton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.