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DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Many Wilson Countians are "so over" wintry weather.

Wilson County saw rain during the daylight hours on Wednesday which transitioned into freezing rain and sleet at night. The expected snowfall that residents woke up to on Thursday morning closed Wilson County Schools, Lebanon Special Schools and City of Lebanon offices for the day. Wilson County Schools announced they would also be closed Friday.

Wilson Emergency Management held a conference on Thursday afternoon to discuss the recent weather.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the purpose of the press conference was to inform citizens of the current situation.

He encouraged citizens to stay home if possible and noted that schools were closed. "The road does have slush on it at this time. The night will bring re-freezing," he said.

Hutto also thanked the men and women "who aren't off work," including employees of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Wilson Emergency Management, and the Wilson County Road Commission.

Although there were no current power outages, Sheriff Robert Bryan and WEMA Director Joey Cooper said there have been numerous accidents on the roads.

"The main thing is to be cautious and slow down," Bryan said. "We've had a lot of minor accidents, running off the road."

Hutto said that although main roads were salted Thursday, they will be slick again early Friday morning.

According to Matt Reagan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Old Hickory, the temperature will rise over the weekend and melt away snow and ice.

"Friday the temperature will be in the mid-30s and on Saturday the mid-to-upper 40s," he said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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