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Tennessee Emergency Management Agency activated to Level 4-Elevated status

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency activated to Level-4 Elevated status amid winter weather in state. PHOTO: TN Dept. of Agriculture

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has activated to a Level 4-Elevated state of operations.

Rain is expected to change to freezing rain and sleet throughout the morning, then switch over to snow in the late morning and early afternoon hours. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for parts of the mid-state through 9 p.m. Friday and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 12 a.m. Saturday.

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The Level 4-Elevated designation means TEMA may augment 24-hour watch staff in the Operations Center to frequently monitor the situation. The designation is activated when there is a potential or likelihood of an emergency developing or worsening.

TEMA issued this update at 1pm Friday in terms of weather impacts observed and expected....

"West Tennesseeans woke this morning to its first round of precipitation in the form of sleet and a second round of precipitation is falling currently as snow. West Tennessee weather forecasters expect from 1” of snow accumulation in the southern part of the region to almost 4” near the Kentucky border.

A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the western part of the Middle Tennessee region with a Winter Weather Advisory in place for counties from Waynesboro, Tenn., through Nashville, Tenn. to the Cumberland Plateau. Middle Tennessee also had a first winter round with a dramatic temperature drop and some icing. Round two this afternoon brings from 1” to 3” of snow, with higher accumulations along the Kentucky border.

A Winter Weather Advisory is also in place on the western edge of East Tennessee with rain today and snow by this evening. East Tennessee weather forecasters expect up to 1” of snow and a light glaze of ice across most of the region with up to 2” of snow accumulations across higher elevations."

Due to hazardous weather and travel conditions, Gov. Bill Haslam has closed state offices on Friday in West and Middle Tennessee.

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