As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Metro Moore County School officials have joined with a number of other Middle Tennessee school systems in making a decision to cancel school for Monday, Jan. 6, delaying the return of students from the holiday break.
According to <www.wsmv.com>, Moore County joins Bedford County Schools, Fayetteville City Schools and Grundy County Schools as those in the immediate area who have already pulled the plug on Monday’s return.
Frigid, subzero temperatures were expected to roll in Sunday evening and into Monday across a wide swath of the United States. By 3 p.m. rain had already moved into Lynchburg and temperatures which peaked near 56 degrees on Sunday afternoon were slowly beginning to drop.
In Huntsville, Ala., the WAFF-Channel 48 Storm Team has been tracking a powerful arctic front that is expected to bring rain, snow and some of the coldest temperatures in nearly a decade to the Tennessee Valley. The showers are expected to quickly track east during the evening before exiting during the early overnight hours.
Cold air will rush in before the precipitation exits, briefly changing the rain over to snow. Because this window is fairly brief, accumulations will be fairly light, around a dusting to half-inch with up to 1-inch possible in the higher elevations. In addition to snow accumulation, any leftover moisture from the earlier rain will ‘flash freeze,’ causing some icy travel spots late Sunday into Monday.
Hazardous travel is only one concern with this system. Temperatures will be plummeting into the single digits with wind chill values below zero by Monday morning. A wind chill warning has been issued for Jackson and DeKalb Counties (AL) and Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties (TN) from 4 a.m. Monday morning until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Wind chills could drop to 10 – 20 degrees below zero during the overnights and only recover to around 0 degrees during the afternoons. The rest of the Tennessee Valley will be under a wind chill advisory for wind chill values ranging from 0 to -10 degrees.
Temperatures are not expected to climb above the freezing mark until midday Wednesday.
Winter weather caused the cancellation of flights and delays of more than three hours at airports in Nashville and Memphis on Sunday. The Metro Nashville government said it was partnering with local organizations to make sure shelters were available. The hazardous travel conditions prompted warnings from transportation officials that only those who absolutely need to venture out should do so.
—From Staff Reports with additional information from <www.waff.com>.