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State of emergency operations center activated in Nashville due to winter weather

Officials said that the winter storm is most significantly impacting interstates and highways.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State officials announced that they were activating the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville Thursday night after a winter storm brought snow and the potential for icy conditions.

With the operations center, officials said personnel will be about to support response efforts and give resources to people who may be heavily impacted by the storm.

They said snow mostly accumulated in areas of the state to the north of the I-40 corridor and along it. The snowstorm mostly impacted interstates and highways, making travel hazardous Thursday night into Friday morning.

Since temperatures will stay below freezing across the state overnight and during the day Friday, officials said they were worried traffic conditions could worsen and the number of power outages could increase.

Staff from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will also help local officials with life-safety needs and requests for resources, with coordination centers open in Jackson, Nashville and Knoxville to monitor the weather.

Officials said people should plan for hazardous travel conditions through Friday, and to avoid unnecessary trips if possible.

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Posted by Tennessee Disaster Information on Thursday, January 6, 2022