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Posted on: January 12, 2024

City of Clarksville prepares for potential winter weather

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The City of Clarksville encourages residents to take appropriate precautions as they prepare for the first winter weather of 2024, which experts have predicted will occur January 14-16 (Sunday-Tuesday).

As of Friday morning, The National Weather Service predicts a 60% chance of snow showers on Sunday night, a 60% chance on Monday and a 30% chance on Tuesday morning. The chance of precipitation Sunday night is currently 60%.

The combination of snow, rain and freezing temperatures have the potential to cause unsafe road conditions.

Street Department prepared

City of Clarksville Street Department Director David Smith says his department is prepared for any weather event, but advises caution should roadways become frozen over.

The challenge is the extreme cold, single-digit temperatures in the forecast that generally renders salt ineffective, or leads to re-freezing after some melting has already occurred. We can't plow ice, only snow,” Smith said.

Smith said that the Street Department is well stocked with salt and brine, and that all trucks will be outfitted with salt boxes by Friday evening.

Winter Weather Tips

In the event of winter weather, residents are encouraged to stay off of streets whenever possible. If you must travel, please use caution, drive slowly and allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.

CDE Lightband offers the following tips in the event of power outages:

  • Have plenty of batteries and flashlights on hand.

  • Charge all your electronic devices.

  • Have multiple ways to get storm updates like downloading weather apps on your smartphone.

  • Stay updated by viewing the outage map and/or report outages at: https://cdelightband.com/electrical-outage-support/, call 931-648-8151 or text OUT to 85700.

  • Please do not report outages via social media as CDE Lightband’s pages are not connected to the outage management system.

  • If there are downed power lines, please be mindful they could be energized and dangerous. Stay away and immediately call 911 and CDE Lightband.

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