Moore County braces for ice, sleet, and snow

{Editor’s Note: This is an evolving story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.}

Ice and freezing fog hangs over Mount Herman Road on Sunday morning. Metro Moore County Deputy Dustin White captured this shot while evaluating local roads. (Photo Provided)

LYNCHBURG — With visions of the 1994 ice storm that crippled Moore County swimming in their heads, locals in Moore and the surrounding counties braced for a winter weather emergency on Sunday.

According to Mayor Bonnie Lewis, Metro’s response to the winter event started well before the National Weather Service upgraded Moore County from a Winter Weather Watch to a Winter Weather Warning on Saturday. Members of each metro department met at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Saturday to make a plan. At least one member from each department will be sheltering in place either at the EOC or their respective departments until the winter weather watch expires.

“This is definitely a high alert event,” said Metro EMA Director Jason Deal. “Locals need to take it seriously and get prepared.”

Director Deal said the at their 1 p.m. briefing on Sunday, the National Weather Service upgraded Moore County to a Winter Weather Advisory (meaning their level of certainty of severe weather hitting Lynchburg is high) and increased the amount of anticipated accumulation to as much as a half inch of snow, sleet, and ice.

Director Deal said that extra EMS staff would be put in place around 8 p.m. on Sunday including staffing an extra ambulance.

That advisory goes into effect around 6 p.m. on Sunday and extends until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16 for all of the Tennessee Valley including Moore, Lincoln, and Grundy counties.

Officials at the Metro Utilities Department said regularly scheduled garbage pick up would not happen on Monday or Tuesday and the Metro Convenience Center would remain closed both those days as well.

According to the Huntsville Weather Service, folks in Moore County should expect ice accumulations that will translate into extremely hazardous travel conditions.

Both Metro Highway Department and TDOT officials salted area roads in advance of the predicted snow, sleet, and ice but Mayor Lewis stated that she and EMA Director Jason Deal strongly encouraged anyone who can stay at home and off local roadways to do so to prevent placing first responders at risk.

Moore County Schools and the Metro government offices already planned to be closed on Monday for President’s Day. Mayor Lewis said she anticipated that they would remain closed on Tuesday based on the forecast. Metro Director of School Chad Moorehead said he would constantly evaluate local roads and make the call about Tuesday schools opening as soon as possible.

In an abundance of caution, Mayor Lewis also decided to postponed the regularly scheduled Metro Council meeting until March 1.

“We decided to postponed rather than cancel it because there is a time-sensitive zoning issues on the agenda,” Mayor Lewis told The Times.

The Times also reached out to Missy Woodard from Woodard’s Market who stated that they would attempt to stay open regular hours for Moore County folks. They will close at 7 p.m. on Sunday and the deli will close at 5 p.m. as usual. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Severe weather predicted for Thursday night

LOCAL NEWS — According to the National Weather Service office in Hunstville, significant thunderstorms could hit Moore County Thursday night. The local office issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook notice for Moore, Lincoln, and Franklin counties in Tennessee as well as several North Alabama counties on Thursday morning.

A storm system moving in from the north west will move into the area in the overnight hours and could bring with it a risk of severe thunderstorms and damaging wind gusts of 50-60 mph. With an already saturated ground, this would mean an increased risk of falling trees and downed power lines. Weather officials predict the worst storms will hit Lynchburg after 1 a.m.

Thunderstorms should continue through Friday morning as the cold front moves through but should end by late morning. To view the complete forecast, click here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, the Lynchburg Music Fest, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Snow possible late Wednesday in Moore County

{Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. We will update it as more details become available. }

LOCAL NEWS —The last chance for Moore County student to do their snow dance could be here Wednesday night.

According to the National Weather Service Huntsville office, there’s a slight chance it could snow beginning late Wednesday night. Daytime highs should linger around 48 with 10-15 mile per hour (mph) winds. Gusts as high as 25 mph could make it feel much colder.

As the sun sets, temperature will drop below freezing and moisture will move into the area, which means there’s a slight chance of seeing snow in southern, middle Tennessee from 11 p.m. Wednesday to around 1 a.m. on Thursday. The National Weather Service estimates there is around a 30 percent chance and no accumulation is expected.

Even if we do get some snow, it won’t be around long. Daytime highs on Thursday will be back around 42.•

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Moore EMS and National Weather Service plan storm spotter class

LOCAL NEWS — Accurate weather forecasts don’t happen in a sterile office. National Weather Service (NWS) officials depend on a an army of volunteer storm spotters to report the ground truth in local communities, so it can be broadcast to the general public.

The Huntsville National Service Services office plans a SKYWARN Spotter Training class at the Metro Volunteer Fire Department at 1 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11.

Spotters generally come from all walks of life. Many community first responders volunteer their time but with the right training, amateur radio operators and even the general public can contribute. It’s a community’s first line of defense against dangerous storms. Without specific local information, model-based weather forecasts would be one dimensional.

The Metro Volunteer Fire Department is located at 301 Majors Boulevard. For more class information visit the NWS website by clicking here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}