Temperatures in Middle Tennessee will likely drop this weekend into the teens and single digits. But Scott Brooks with the Tennessee Valley Authority says the power provider isn’t all that concerned because the forecast doesn’t call for much in the way of ice or snow.
“The cold temperatures are what we’re watching and that effects demand more than anything. We’re expecting to see demand around 29-thousand, 30-thousand megawatts which is nowhere near a record and nowhere near any demand that we would have issues handling.”
It’s good news for road crews, too, since frozen precipitation is a key ingredient in dangerous road conditions or even problems like new potholes forming.
But cold temperatures alone can still be deadly.
A cold weather hotline for Nashville’s homeless details where and when they can find a place to sleep indoors. Open Table Nashville will open an emergency warming shelter for couples and people with pets for the next few nights. Nashville Rescue Mission admits people through the night when the temperature is dangerously cold, rather than locking the doors at the usual time. Also, a cold patrol van is making the rounds each evening, looking for people trying to make it outside and offering them a ride to the shelter.
Children in Nashville will not have to wait at school bus stops in the single-digit temperatures on Tuesday. Metro Schools is delaying the return from Winter Break by a day.