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Cold Blast Freezes Middle Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Frozen roads and chilled citizens were big concerns for Tennessee officials as arctic air blew through the Volunteer state over the weekend.

   Parts of the state were facing the prospect of single-digit temperatures and wind chills as much as 15 to 18 degrees below zero as the air mass crossed the state Sunday evening and Monday morning.

   The National Weather Service forecast called for plunging temperatures, with a high in Nashville reaching only 7 degrees by Monday morning. Swaths of western Tennessee were preparing for several inches of snow.

   The National Weather Service says the arctic air is expected to remain through Tuesday.

   Knoxville Mayor Tim Burchett urged people to check on family members and friends and had highway crews treating the roads with salt brine.

NOTE: As of 5 a.m. there are about two dozen flight cancellations at Nashville International Airport: CLICK HERE for more.

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