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TDOT warns motorists to stay off roadways during winter weather

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

With the Mid-State bracing for the coldest weather it's seen in almost 20 years, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is warning motorists to stay home.

Crews have already been out across Middle Tennessee putting a salt and brine solution down on the roads ahead of the winter weather. They will also be out first thing Sunday morning to monitor the roads.   

However, TDOT officials say the single digit temperatures we are expecting Monday could create dangerous conditions on the road. With below freezing temperatures, TDOT officials say there is not much they can do to when it comes to treating the roads.

"Our salt and brine is a melting agent, but when you get to temperatures as low as single digits it's not effective. The chemical just don't work. So anything that is on the road will sit there and will last for a while," said DeAnna Lambert, spokeswoman for TDOT.

TDOT officials advise all drivers to be prepared and take measures into their own hands when dealing with the winter weather coming our way. For instance, fill-up your gas tanks and if you are planning on traveling during this system, make sure you have blankets and other items incase you get stranded on the road during your travels.

Officials add with this tricky winter weather upon us, the best thing you can do is to stay home and stay off the roads.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions at wkrn.com/weather.

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Check the roadways using TDOT SmartWay.

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