Feb. 18, 2015 – 1:35PM – Dodson Branch, TN Cummins Mill Area
For most intents and purposes, Tennessee is CLOSED! Schools are obviously closed, most events and meetings scheduled for today are CANCELED! Call ahead before getting out to determine if it is worth the risk to travel these roads. All emergency services, police, sheriff, State Trooper, hospitals and electric companies are open and functional.
Overnight snow fall accumulations reached upward of 4″ in the Greater Cookeville, TN area. Road plow crews quickly started clearing the roads but continuing snow leaves them still classifieds as HAZARDOUS! ALL side roads are NOT plowed and extremely dangerous!
Current Cookeville, TN temperature is 20 °F, Humidity 58%, Wind 8MPH. Wind Chill 13 °F.
BRING IN SMALL ANIMALS! – If you have dogs and cats ourside, bring them in ASAP. They will FREEZE to death, tonight!
BRING ‘EM IN!!!
This is our 2nd ice storm of the season right on top of the one Monday, with a 3rd ice storm pointed our direction before the weekend. This is not the time for playing outside! Keep all children indoors, make sure all Senior Citizens are safety inside and fully clothed with warm outerwear!
Current forecasts indicate temperatures rising to 49 °F on Saturday, February 21, 2015. You are advised to continue living and preparing for extremely low temperatures through the day and night until this coming weekend.
PLEASE bring ALL pets and small animals INSIDE! Even if they stink. You can clean out and get rid of any smell after temperatures return to more traditional Tennessee weather. Your pets will be dead, if you don’t bring them INDOORS!
Tennessee is still under a Extreme Winter Weather WARNING until further notice. Call ahread before attempting to travel any roads, highways or side roads. We want you to stay alive and return to enjoy our beautiful state for many years to come.
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UPDATE – Feb. 17th, 2015 2:04pm – COOKEVILLE, TN – DODSON BRANCH/CUMMINS MILL AREA – County snow plows *have* been out and most state and county roads are plowed! Along with an unexpected and desperately needed amount of sunshine, most of the snow and ice on the roads has melted, BUT… that does NOT mean the roads will continue to be ‘safe’ through the night! WIth little daylight left, if you MUST get groceries, gas, LP or other supplies at your nearest quick shop, do so now. Then plan to stay INSIDE until tomorrow’s road conditions are re-determined!
TRAVELERS – PLEASE take heed that road conditions change with thick overhang of trees… Tennessee is noted for Cedar, Pine and other year round trees that create shade that prevents the sun from helping to melt off the ice and snow. Keep speeds SLOW if you MUST travel the side roads and byways of Tennessee… we want to you stay ALIVE, TOO! :}}
TDOT – Algood, TN police department on HWY 111
UPDATE – ALL of the traffic lights are OUT on Jefferson Ave, in Cookeville, TN! Remember that this means ALL intersections are now effectively 4-WAY STOPS! Please be polite and take turns as taught in your driver training!
HALLELUJAH UPDATE! – SNOW!!!!!!!!!! BIG ROUND FLUFFY FLAKES OF IT… POURING DOWN!
UPDATE – This may be the last time I can do an update if this constant pouring of sleet doesn’t stop pretty dang soon! Reports out of Cookeville, TN are that this sleet *should* give way to snow in a few hours, but they are already having widespread reports of power outages. Mostly due to tree limbs crashing down from the weight of the ice! If this continues and our power goes out, the only hope we have is to drag out ALL of the sleeping bags, and every other bit of Foster Doggy bedding I have and try to get everyone under them with me… NO telling when power would be restored!
Keep you fingers crossed that this ice stops and if anything continues falling let it be nice SOFT DRY SNOW!!!!
Will continue to update as long as we have power.
UPDATE – Things are looking bad up here on the Plateau. This is from the Mayor’s office:
“*Cookeville City Hall offices will close today at 3pm.
*Currently conditions are worsening. Crews are responding to trees down blocking streets in several locations.
*To report power outage call City Electric at 526-7144. Crews are ready and will be on call throughout the night.
*City Public Works crews are scraping and spreading salt and will work throughout the night to make our roads as clear as possible.
*Be safe and avoid unnecessary travel.”
UPDATE – Cookeville, TN – Willow Ave, Jefferson Ave, Interstate Blvd are all passable. Right lanes are fairly clear but left lanes are not… keep in mind that when you stop at a traffic light or stop sign, what you stopped on is SOLID ICE… it’s only the fresh fall that is slushy! Exercise caustion during ‘take off’ attempts. ALL side road are NOT PASSABLE!!! Only main thoroughfares are snow plowed! Hwy 70 to Baxter is VERY DANGEROUS. Word has it that White county is already experiencing snow. Advice on radio is to STAY IN if you don’t just have to get out in this. BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE!!!!! Even the dirty ones. :}}
UPDATE – Dodson Branch/Cummins Mill area – Precipitation is still falling. We now have 1″ of solid ice, packed with sleet and it’s still falling from the sky! Stay home, stay warm, stay safe! If burning oil heaters make sure they are properly ventilated. Your family can suffocate in less than 30 minutes and never know what happened!
UPDATE – Schools ARE CLOSED across the Upper Cumberland Plateau, TN. Please do NOT get out in this!
UPDATE – Hwy 111 on east side of Cookeville, TN connecting Livingston, Algood and Sparta – right lane is slushy, left lane IMPASSABLE, all entrance and exits are dangerous with cars sliding off the road attempting to make the curves down to side roads. STAY HOME, or if you work 3rd shift, walk to the nearest motel and rent a room until the road crews can clean up the mess.
UPDATE – I-24 Closed in Rutherford and Coffee county due to a wreck involving 20 to 30 vehicles! STAY HOME!
Feb. 16th, 2015 – copied from my Facebook Page
WARNING! UPPER CUMBERLAND PLATEAU, TN – Freezing rain, sleet and slight snow already covering the ground and roads. Here at our home in the Cummins Mill area of Dodson Branch, about 1/2′ to 3/4′ is already on the ground, porches, walkways, and roads!
Like ALL states in the United States, Tennessee is way underfunded for the things it should have funded FIRST and we simply do NOT have the equipment to fight this kind of winter weather conditions.
If there is ANY WAY for you to put OFF traveling in and around Cookeville, Gainsboro, Baxter, Crossville and south DO SO! Even the most professional drivers will not attempt to drive in this stuff until the road crews can get the snow plows out. And they won’t even try until the falling precipitation stops! Right now, it would only build back up in minutes, anyway.
PLEASE STAY HOME! Do NOT attempt to travel in these conditions!
Will keep you updated as things progress, or change.