Hamilton County Prepares for Possibly Record Low Temperatures

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Updated: 1/03 6:34 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - We're experiencing weather that even has our meteorologist from the north saying, "It's cold."

And that might be an understatement.

Megan Wise adds, "We had an arctic blast of cold air that moved in early this morning and if you thought today's temperatures were cold in the teens, it felt like it was single digits, just wait until next week."

On Monday and Tuesday temperatures are expected to fall into single digits.

Rain could very well turn into snow on Monday.

Wise adds, "Which means wind chill values are going to be below zero."

Hamilton County says they have eight salt trucks on stand by.

Harold Austin with the Hamilton County Public Works Department, says, "We'll have people out on Sunday afternoon, crews salting and sanding where ever needed."

Road Crews plan on staying out all Sunday night and into the morning.

Austin adds, "We'll just alternate crews and stay with it all night until it goes away."

More than 2,500 tons of salt is more than enough, according to the public works department.

Austin adds, "We're waiting on it to come in.  Hoping it don't."

While residents wait for so-called manic monday, experts want to remind pet owners that your animal's furry coat just isn't enough.

Bring them in or make sure their shelter is facing the south or west, away from the north wind.

Bob Citrullo with the Humane Educational Society, says, "And preferably a little bit more food if they do have to be outside overnight because again we're using those calories to keep them warm."

Water also freezes quickly as we all know by the black ice that's popping up at the most inconvenient times.


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Here2Opine - 1/4/2014 5:51 PM
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So sad. Bad weather, such as snow and ice, is usually announced/expected. It should be so simple. Stay home if able, drive with extreme caution a low speeds if out. But, we will hear about crash after crash, death after death. I just don't understand it...
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