We got the following press release just now from Tennessee Department of Transportation:
Tennessee Department of Transportation crews in West and Middle Tennessee (including the Cumberland Plateau) are out today placing brine on roadways in anticipation of tonight's possible winter weather event.
West Tennessee forces are placing brine along roadways from I-40 north to the Kentucky state line. Middle Tennessee crews are also placing salt brine on roadways from I-40 north to the state line and areas immediately south of I-40, such as Rutherford, Bedford and Williamson Counties. TDOT maintenance forces are also spreading brine along the Cumberland Plateau with special focus on bridges, overpasses and larger hills.
TDOT maintenance crews will be on stand-by throughout the night and will mobilize to treat roadways at the first sign of snow or ice. TDOT crews focus first on clearing interstates, followed by major & minor state routes.
TDOT reminds motorists that an abundance of caution should be used whenever freezing rain or ice is falling. It is very difficult to maneuver a car in icy conditions. It is also more difficult to remove ice from roadways, so if you must venture out, please drive slowly, leave plenty of room between your car and the car in front of you, and especially leave plenty of room for any snowplows you may encounter (they are likely spreading salt which can be corrosive to car paint).
For more information on TDOT's snow and ice removal program, driving tips, vehicle preparation tips, etc. visit the department's website at: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/mediaroom/sn...
I'm not sure I'd describe Bedford as "immediately south of I-40," but there you go. Better safe than sorry, I'm sure.