Ice and frozen temps head to Middle Tennessee this week

Feb 09, 2021 at 10:30 am by Michelle Willard

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Old man winter is ready to rear his head in Middle Tennessee.

According to forecasts from the National Weather Service, colder temperatures are predicted through the middle of next week. 

As the jet stream dips down bringing fridge temps with it, freezing rain with some ice accumulation will be possible mainly north of I-40 and west of I-65 Wednesday night through the day Thursday. Around a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation will be possible, mainly on grassy/cold surfaces, with slick spots possible on bridges, overpasses, and secondary roads.

After the ice, colder temperatures will settle in this weekend.

  

Date

High

Low

Precipitation

02/10/21

45

33

Showers (43% chance)

02/11/21

37

27

Rain (95% chance)

02/12/21

37

26

Mostly Cloudy

02/13/21

33

13

Cloudy

02/14/21

26

12

Partly Cloudy

02/15/21

31

22

Snow Showers (42% chance)

02/16/21

35

23

Rain/Snow (58% chance)

 

Energy-saving tips for frigid weather

Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) offers some simple energy-efficiency tips to help members manage their energy costs.

• Set your heating system's thermostat to 68o. You can add 3% to your electric bill for each degree above 68º.
• Lower your water heater temperature to 120oF and reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for laundry whenever possible.
• Turn off lights, televisions and computers when not in use.
Seal leaks around windows and doors. You can also use cardboard, plastic, or blankets to minimize heat loss.
• Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun's rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.
• Clean refrigerator coils and set the temperature to 36o to 39oF and the freezer to 0o to 5oF.
• When your fireplace isn't in use, make sure to keep the damper closed. Leaving it open allows cold air to flow into your home, almost as if you had a window open. Just remember to open it before lighting your next fire.
• Rotate the direction of your ceiling fans so that the blades rotate clockwise during the winter. This pulls cold air up and helps push warm air back down to you, as warm air naturally rises to the ceiling. The fan should run at the lowest speed.
• Replace filters and keep your heating and air conditioning equipment clean and well maintained. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm.
• Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's heat drying options.

To save more energy and money, MTE has a team of energy efficiency experts ready to help members manage their electric use. Go to mtemc.com for more information about our energy services programs or contact 877-777-9020 to speak to your trusted energy advisor. 



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