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Nashville Office of Emergency Management Winter Weather Update

2/15/2021

Nashville OEM working in coordination with National Weather Service and vital Metro Nashville Departments

The Nashville Office of Emergency Management is working with Metro Nashville Government Departments and essential community services to respond to severe winter weather forecast by The National Weather Service (NWS).

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all Middle TN through 6 am Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Significant snow, sleet, and freezing rain accumulations are likely. The highest snow totals will occur farther west, with increased amounts of sleet and freezing rain farther east. Travel impacts are expected, especially Monday and Tuesday, according to the NWS.

For important safety information and weather updates sign up for the Metro Emergency Alert and Notification System. (MEANS). It is free to download.

Metro Nashville Departments as well as state agencies met virtually with OEM to coordinate resources and preparations for the winter weather.

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Metro Schools are closed on Monday, February 15, for a teacher in-service day.

Metro Schools is asking employees to work remotely due to hazardous road and weather conditions.

Enrollment centers and central offices will be closed physically, with staff supporting families through phone and email.

Metro Schools will continue to monitor road and weather conditions on Monday to determine operations on Tuesday.

Metro Nashville Public Works

Road crews are continuing to work 12-Hour Shifts to salt roads around Metro Nashville Davidson county.

MPW crews are salting and plowing all primary routes.

WeGo Public Transit

As the morning continues, WeGo is resuming service on select routes, road conditions permitting. We are currently providing service on the following routes, and customers should expect delays.

  • 3 West End/White Bridge
  • 4 Shelby (modified, operating only to 19th Street)
  • 7 Hillsboro Pike
  • 8 8th Avenue South
  • 18 Airport
  • 22 and 22S Bordeaux
  • 23 Dickerson Road
  • 50 and 50S Charlotte Pike
  • 52 Nolensville Pike
  • 55 and 55S Murfreesboro Pike
  • 56 and 56S Gallatin Pike

The WeGo Star operated this morning with the first inbound trip 30 mins behind schedule and the second on time.

The 93 Star West End Shuttle is operating via van to take customers from Riverfront Station to Vanderbilt/West End, but customers should expect significant delays in that service.

WeGo Access (paratransit service) is currently operating at driver discretion when attempting to pick up passengers through neighborhoods.

All Regional Bus routes service the surrounding counties have been cancelled for the day.

WeGo Public Transit will provide updates throughout the morning.

Stay tuned to WeGo Public Transit:

Website WeGoTransit.com
WeGo PublicTransit on Social Media
Facebook: @WeGoTransit
Twitter: @WeGoTransit

COVID-19 Community Assessment Centers

All COVID-19 Community Assessment Centers operated by Meharry Medical College, including at Nissan Stadium Lot “N” will remain closed through the week of February 15, 2021 due to inclement weather.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is closed Monday for Presidents’ Day. Metro Public Health will decide Tuesday morning if the clinic at the Music City Center will open Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 

Metro Nashville Police Department

The MNPD is holding over officers for at least two hours beyond their regular shifts through Wednesday morning to help answer calls.  Detectives will be on standby to assist precinct patrol officers as necessary.

OEM Cold Patrols

The Nashville OEM ESU Members will continue cold patrols in the evenings to check on members of the homeless community who are out in the cold.

OEM ESU Members will also provide blankets, gloves, hand warmers and other care items to those who would like them.

Transportation to the Extreme Cold Weather Overflow Shelter or other sheltering options will be arranged for people who want to get out of the cold.  

Extreme Cold Weather Shelter

An Extreme Cold Weather Shelter will remain open Monday, February 15, 2021 and Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Nashville Fairgrounds located at 500 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.

The cold weather shelter will remain open during the day Monday through Tuesday morning. People with pets are welcome at the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

More information about the Nashville Cold Weather Community Response plan, including future Extreme Cold Weather Shelter openings at this web site.

Metro Water Services

Customers are urged to take necessary precautions to prevent water pipes in your home from freezing:

  • Remove all exterior hose connections and insulate the hose bibs.
  • Cover foundation vents.
  • Insulate exposed water pipes.
  • Allow your home’s warmer air to reach the water pipes by opening cabinet doors.
  • Allow a small trickle of water, about the size of a pencil lead, to run from a cold water faucet. 
  • Keep meter box closed to prevent cold air from reaching the meter and the pipes.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve inside your home.  The ability to quickly close this valve may prevent further damage to your home if one of your interior pipes burst.  The shut-off valve may be in the basement, under the kitchen sink, in a utility closet, near the hot water heater, or even under your home in a crawl space.  If you think you have found it, be sure to test it and consider labelling it so it is easy to locate.

If you do experience frozen water lines, remember to never use open flames.  An open flame could cause the water in the pipe to turn into steam and build up enough pressure to split the pipe. Sometimes ice in a pipe will melt if you warm it with a hair dryer or wrap it in hot towels.

For leaking or broken pipes within your home, contact a plumber.

Leaking or broken water mains should be reported to 615-862-4600 immediately.