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.
Locally, the National Weather Service in Morristown expects temperatures to fall across East Tennessee on Monday to around 7 degrees by 5pm. Wind chill values are forecast at between -3 and -13.
A slight chance of flurries remains through the night, with a low at around 0. Wind chill values expected between-13 and -19.
The National Weather Service said the arctic air was 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.
"With the extremely low temperatures expected this week, I hope neighbors, friends and relatives will take time to check on the elderly and others who may be homebound and in need of help," Burchett said.
Areas west of the plateau were expected to get 1 to 2 inches of snow while the upper Cumberland region and plateau could get 2 to 4 inches. Snowfall in West Tennessee was expected to be between 1 and 4 inches while much of East Tennessee was expected see 1 to 3 inches.
In Memphis, Drew Buchner went to Home Depot on Saturday to get a new plastic faucet cover because his German shepherd chewed through his Styrofoam cover.
"I'm getting ready," Buchner told The Commercial Appeal. "It's going to get real cold. I'm getting this hard (faucet cover) and if this doesn't work I'm going to wrap (the faucet) up with a towel and duct-tape it on there."
Forecasters warned travelers to be cautious as roadways could become snow-covered and slippery.
Some school districts canceled classes Monday due to the forecast.
Cities such as Jackson, Humboldt, Paris and Union City could see wind chills in the range of minus 16 to minus 18 by Monday morning.
The weather was also taking its toll in airports across Tennessee. Flights to and from both Memphis and Nashville were either delayed or cancelled as the cold blast struck Chicago and cities like Detroit prepared for the weather.
The record low in Nashville is 17 degrees below zero — Jan. 21, 1985, when six inches of snow covered the ground.
Officials in Memphis also were preparing for the freeze by providing shelters with more beds and mobilizing to distribute blankets, coats, hats and gloves to those in need.