Arctic air mass brings bitter cold to Middle Tennessee - WKRN News 2

Arctic air mass brings bitter cold to Middle Tennessee

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2 a.m. Tuesday 2 a.m. Tuesday
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

An arctic air mass has pushed through Middle Tennessee, bringing some of the coldest temperatures Nashville has seen since 1989.

Temperatures in Nashville are expected to dip to two degrees Tuesday morning.  That's the coldest morning in Music City since January of 2003.

Tuesday's highs will only reach the upper teens.

Temperatures will not rising above freezing until midday Wednesday.

By Thursday afternoon, temperatures should reach the mid-40s as rain showers push in from the west.

Travel Concerns

Icy conditions are possible through Tuesday morning, although on Monday, many roads were dry, thanks to windy conditions and the salt Tennessee Department of Transportation crews used to treat the roads.

Still, drivers are urged to reduce trips and stay home if they don't have to be out.

The winter weather is also causing travel delays at the Nashville International Airport and at airports across the country. 

Hundreds of flights heading to the Midwest and Northeast have been canceled or delayed. Travelers are urged to check flights conditions at FlyNashville.com.

Delays and Closings

Many schools are closed Monday and Tuesday because of the sub-freezing temperatures.

Metro decided to close cancel classes through Tuesday.  Lipscomb University also decided to delay the start of the spring semester until Wednesday.

Vanderbilt University also canceled many classes on Monday.  The School of Medicine remained open.

In addition to schools, some businesses closed as well.  Goodwill's 34 donation trailer sites across Middle Tennessee have shutdown for the safety of employees.  Goodwill stores will be open as normal.

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For the latest forecast and radar conditions visit wkrn.com/weather.

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