Temperatures in Davidson County are expected to remain dangerously low all-day Friday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts Friday will be mostly sunny, but quite cold. Highs will mainly be in the mid to upper 20s. Plan on hazardous travel conditions continuing through Friday.
It is important you take precautions during this weather event both at home and when traveling along roadways.
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 Davidson County Department Updates
Metro Nashville Public Schools
All Metro Schools are closed, Friday, January 7, due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions.
All before and after school care is cancelled unless the provider offers an inclement weather site. Families are encouraged to check with their provider for that information.
All after-school activities, including sports practices, games, performances and meetings are also cancelled for Friday.
District offices will be closed for in-person activities, but will be operating remotely
Nashville Office of Emergency Management
Cold Patrol Thursday Night:
- ESU Personnel who worked – 11
- Blankets distributed – 42
- Assisted EMS units – 13
- Assisted stranded motorists – 11
The OEM’s Emergency Support Unit (OEM ESU) will conduct cold patrols again on Friday to make sure people needing shelter can get out of the cold.
During the cold patrols, OEM ESU Members will provide blankets, gloves, hand warmers and other care items to those who would like them.
COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccination centers operated by Meharry Medical College will be closed Friday.
Metro Nashville Police Department
No roads are closed.
While conditions have improved on major roadways and interstates, slick spots remain. Neighborhood roads are icy/snowy, and many are very difficult to navigate. Extreme caution is advised to anyone who must travel. Please remain home if possible.
Follow the MNPD on twitter, @mnpdnashville, for details on major closures.
Metro Public Health
Metro Public Health Department is closed Friday. Staff who are able are working remotely.
Nashville Department of Transportation & Multimodal Infrastructure
NDOT crews have treated all primary routes and began plowing and salting secondary routes earlier this morning, in addition to continuing response to emergency calls. Crews will continue working to clear secondary routes throughout the day, and will monitor conditions on all primary and secondary routes.
NDOT encourages residents to please avoid driving if at all possible to allow our crews time and room to get roadways safely cleared.
More information about NDOT’s winter weather response
Winter weather response updates can be found on NDOT’s twitter page: @nashvilleDOT
Metro Social Services
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.
An Extreme Cold Weather Shelter is opened Wednesday and will remain open until Saturday, January 8, 2021.
Metro’s Extreme Cold Weather Shelter will be set up at the 3230 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN 37207. A Transportation “Hub and Spoke” plan is in place for outreach workers to drop off individuals at designated locations in West, East, North, and South Nashville, to catch free vans to WeGo Central.
Community partners will also receive instructions on after-hours overflow shelter drop-off procedures. People going to the shelter will ride free from WeGo Central on WeGo Public Transit line 23B between the hours of 7pm-11pm on nights when the Extreme Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is open. Seasonal cold weather activated passes are available from outreach partners.
Metro overflow shelter is accessible for men, women, couples, and people with pets. Standard hours of operation upon activation are 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Metro Social Services office is closed however, staff is working remotely and still taking calls for those needing services. Our operating hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Families can call 615-862-6400.
There will be no disruption to our nutritional plan (meal delivery service) for our clients. In anticipation of the weather, we delivered additional/enough meals to all clients that will be sufficient to hold them through the weather system. This was done to ensure they don’t miss a meal. Daily delivery will resume once the weather system lifts.
Call totals since 2:00 p.m. Thursday through 8:30 a.m. hours Friday: (compared to the same time period last week, Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31)
- 9-1-1 calls: 964 (2,150)
- Non-Emergency Calls:1,325 (2,736)
Since 2:00 p.m. hours Thursday, we worked the following weather-related incidents:
- 138 – safety hazards
- 10 injury accidents
- 33 non-injury accidents blocking lanes
Call totals since midnight Thursday morning through 8:00 a.m. Friday:
- 9-1-1 calls: 1,801 (2,757)
- Non-Emergency Calls: 2,247 (3,447)
Since the start of this storm, we worked the following weather-related incidents:
- 325 – safety hazards
- 54 injury accidents
- 154 non-injury accidents blocking lanes
Metro Water Services
Due to potentially hazardous road conditions, trash collection crews will not be working today. Trash routes will not be picked up and all Metro Convenience Centers will be closed. The recycling drop off sites will remain open but will not be serviced.
The Customer Services lobby will be closed. However, Customer Service Representatives are available at 615-862-4600. Customers can also receive account information and pay their bill online at Water Services Customer Account Information, through the IVR by calling 615-862-4600 or at one of the outdoor kiosks located at 1700 Third Ave N.
All Metro Water Services field activities will be limited to emergency response.
Residents are reminded to protect their private plumbing in extreme cold temperatures.
- Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
- Keep the indoor temperature warm.
- Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.
If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.
* The Metro Office Building is closed due to inclement weather, this includes all departments., including Metro Water Services Development Services and Permits.
These routes began the service day on Friday, January 7 at 7:15 a.m., and staff will assess road conditions for opportunities to add additional service throughout the day.
The bus routes currently in operation until 7:15 p.m. today are:
- 4 Shelby (to Shelby & 19th) 17 12th Avenue South
- 6 Lebanon Pike 18 Airport
- 8 8th Avenue South 19 Herman
- 14 Whites Creek
The bus routes currently in operation until 8:15 p.m. today are:
- 3 West End/White Bridge 50 Charlotte Pike (to White Bridge)
- 7 Hillsboro Pike 52 Nolensville Pike
- 22 Bordeaux 55 Murfreesboro Pike
- 23 Dickerson Pike 56 Gallatin Pike
As a reminder, the bus routes scheduled to begin service tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. on snow detours (where applicable) are:
- 3 West End/White Bridge 22 Bordeaux
- 4 Shelby (to Shelby and 19th) 23 Dickerson Pike
- 6 Lebanon Pike 50 Charlotte Pike (to White Bridge only)
- 7 Hillsboro Pike 52 Nolensville Pike
- 8 8th Avenue South 55 Murfreesboro Pike
- 14 Whites Creek 56 Gallatin Pike
- 17 12th Avenue South 76 Madison (to Neely’s Bend and Larkin Springs)
- 18 Airport 93 Star West End Shuttle
- 19 Herman
The WeGo Star will operate two trips on Friday. The Star will depart Lebanon at 5:40 a.m. and 6:35 a.m. and travel to Nashville. The train will depart Nashville at 4:20 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.; both trips will travel to Lebanon. Connecting bus service on the 93 Star West End Shuttle will operate as scheduled in conjunction with these trips, but customers should anticipate delays due to weather.
Regional bus service, including the 84 Murfreesboro and 86 Smyrna/La Vergne, is cancelled on Friday.
WeGo Access (paratransit) service will operate in a limited capacity, providing service for medical and work trips only on Friday. Paratransit customers are advised to prepare for possible delays as drivers will be proceeding with caution through neighborhoods. Access staff will begin notifying customers tonight if their previously scheduled trips are affected by this change in service level. Access on Demand service will not be available.
Safety is our number one priority, so please be aware that there may be additional delays as bus operators are proceeding cautiously. We ask that you allow for additional travel time so we can help get you where you need to go safely.
Customers should watch for media alerts on local television stations, follow WeGo Public Transit on social media (@WeGoTransit), and visit WeGoTransit’s weather alerts page for continuous updates. Customers can also check one of the mobile real-time information tools such as Google Transit or the Transit App, or all WeGo Customer Care at 615-862-5950 for detailed information and service updates.
Nashville General Hospital
All Nashville General Hospital outpatient services and Nashville Healthcare Center medical offices are closed.
Nashville General Hospital is under a “Code White” weather alert. All non-essential staff were released mid-day. Accommodations are being made for those providers and staff who need to stay the night. Nashville General Hospital will extend the above closures on Friday.
Metro General Services
eBid will be closed Friday.
Metro Historic Commission and Historic Zoning Commission
The Metro Historic Commission and Historic Zoning Commission offices at 3000 Granny White Pike will be closed Friday. Staff are working remotely and are answering phone calls/ emails from the public.
Metro Clerk’s Office
Employees in the Metro Clerk’s Office will be working remotely Friday. The window will be closed to customers.
The Clerk and Master’s Office of Chancery Court
The Clerk and Master’s Office is closed when the Courthouse is closed. Staff are working remotely and e-filing remains available.
The Metro Nashville and Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office
The office will be closed on Friday.
General Sessions Criminal and State Trial Court Criminal dockets will also be closed on Friday.
If you have documents to file during this time, please visit our website, ccc.nashville.gov to e-file or visit our State Warrant and Bond Office, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, located at:
Davidson County Warrant and Bond Office
440 Third Avenue North
Nashville TN 37201
If you have any questions, please proceed to the following link: Contact the Criminal Court Clerk
Davidson County Clerk’s Office
All our branches are closed.
Metro Public Defender’s Office
The Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office will be closed Friday.
Metro Nashville Davidson County Finance Department
Finance Dept is fully functional. Staff have been working remotely most of the pandemic, everyone is equipped to work from home and Treasury is still able accept payments. No interruptions in Finance on Friday.
Ford Ice Center Antioch: Delayed open until 10am but Facility Managers will determine whether to close all day.
Ford Ice Center Bellevue: Closed to the public; open only to US Figure Skating events.
Downtown Partnership shuttle program out of Nissan Stadium: closed
The Office of Family Safety and the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center
The Office of Family Safety and the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center are closed for in person services. They are offering remote advocacy. Clients can call 615-880-1100 or email [email protected].
The fairgrounds plans to reopen at 6:00 a.m. Friday.
Nashville Public Library
All Nashville Public Library locations will be closed on Friday. For the latest opening status, NPL urges people to check the following channels:
Metro Codes and Planning
Both Codes Administration and Metro Planning will be closed to in-person work Friday. Staff will continue to work remotely to the extent they are able to work.
Davidson County Register of Deeds
Offices are closed.
Davidson County Election Commission
The Election Commission office will remain closed to the public Friday. Staff will continue to work remotely.
Metro Nashville Human Resources
Metro Human Resources will be fully operational Friday but working remotely. All ways to contact our office are available on Metro HR’s website.
The Office of the Metropolitan Trustee
The Office of the Metropolitan Trustee will be working remotely Friday, and the lobby/office is closed.
Metro Department of Law
Davidson County State Trial Courts
Presiding Judge Joe P. Binkley, Jr., in consultation with the Trial Court Administrator, has decided to close in-person court proceedings for all State Trial Court on Friday. This includes all Criminal, Circuit and Chancery courts. Also, all General Sessions Courts are closed tomorrow, including the jail dockets.
Several trial courts will continue dockets and proceedings using remote technologies. You should have received or will receive contact information from any courts planning to conduct their dockets through this method.
Cancelling in-person court proceedings is a difficult decision as if affects many members of the public and many Metro and State agencies. The decision was made to protect the safety of the court participants, staff and to allow parents to be able to take care of their children as schools are closed.
General Sessions Courts
All General Sessions courts including jail dockets are closed Friday.
Juvenile Court is completely closed on Friday
Metro Action Commission
All Metro Action Commission programs and services will be handled remotely on Friday.
MAC’s main phone line of 615-862-8860 will be answered remotely by team members. Customers may also connect with us via email at [email protected] or through our social media platforms.
Remote learning for our Head Start and Early Head Start programs will not be in session on Friday. However, families will be able to contact their Head Start center if they need any assistance or call our main Metro Action phone line, email or social media platforms.
Metro Beer Board
Friday, January 7, the Metro Beer Board will continue its current remote operation. Any inspections scheduled for Friday; January 7 will be re-scheduled. Our team will continue checking voicemail and email messages as we assess the winter storm.
The selection panel meetings and artist interviews for the Donelson Library Public Art Projects, previously scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11, are canceled and will be rescheduled as quickly as possible, weather, and pandemic issues permitting.
Metro Arts staff will be working remotely but remain accessible. Metro Arts Contact information
All Metro Parks community and all nature centers will remain closed for the day; the programs/events have been cancelled.
The Parthenon, Centennial Sportsplex and Centennial Art Center will also remain closed for the day due to inclement weather and below freezing temperatures.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
- Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
You should also be careful when traveling on roadways. Freezing rain, sleet, black ice, and fog are all hazards to be aware of when driving.
You can check current road conditions online on the TDOT Smartway Map.
If weather reports indicate icy conditions, consider staying off the roads until they are clear.
Black ice is highly transparent, so it is hard to see while driving.
Tips that may help if you get caught in areas of black ice:
- Keep your steering wheel straight. If you turn the wheel, you have a better chance of sliding and losing control of your vehicle.
- Do not brake. Braking causes the vehicle to slide, especially if you brake too hard.
- Take your foot off the accelerator to reduce speed. It is best to let the car stop on its own if you have enough room in front of you.
Protect your Pets
- Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! More pet prep tips: www.ready.gov/pets
- Wipe dog’s paws after each trip outside. Ice-melting chemicals or rock salt can cause irritation, sickness or be fatal.
- Your pet may think antifreeze is sweet, but it can be deadly. Antifreeze Animal Safety
Prepare now for lost power
Portable Generator Safety
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust by operating your generator outside for proper ventilation.
- Never refuel your generator when it is running. Let it cool down first.
- Do not store fuel in a garage, basement or inside your home. Vapors can be released that can cause illness and are a potential fire hazard.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector inside your home to warn you in case of a gas leak.
- Never hook up a generator directly to your home’s electrical service or wiring. This can cause back feeding and poses a serious risk to NES lineworkers.