Mid-South cities prepare for deep freeze

Mid-South cities prepare for deep freeze

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - As temperatures plummet, Mid-South leaders say they are ready for the deep freeze.

Rain and precipitation are not expected with this round of freezing weather, but Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says his team isn't taking any chances.

"We are in full preparation mode we will be ready," he said.

Memphis Public Works crews keep their salt and sand trucks at Collins Yard, which is between Poplar Avenue and Sam Cooper Boulevard. They have already starting putting down the de-icing pre-mix on streets.

The city's warming center at Orange Mound's community center is also ready for those who need shelter. It will be open from 7 p.m. on Wednesday until 7 a.m. on Thursday.

City and county leaders are monitoring Wednesday's conditions and will make their judgement calls in the afternoon or early Thursday.

Meanwhile, MLGW crews are on standby in case of a winter emergency. Gale Jones has some tips to keep you and your home safe.

"Under the sinks in the kitchen and the bathroom, open them up and let warm air blow in it. If you have any exposed pipes wrap them up," said Jones, MLGW.

The advisory runs from noon on Wednesday, Jan. 7 through 6 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8.

"I didn't expect for to be this cold," said Detra Chiles, who is bracing for the cold night.

Some people are grateful to have a warm place to sleep. The Memphis Union Mission and The Salvation Army on Jackson Avenue are both helping to keep people inside and warm.

"Thankfully, even as cold as last winter was, we didn't have to turn anybody away for capacity reasons and we don't anticipate having to do that right now," said Steve Carpenter, Memphis Union Mission.

Mississippi is also preparing for the cold.

National Weather Service notified Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that the entire state may see a hard freeze over the next few days.

MEMA provided several tips to help people protect themselves from the subfreezing temperatures:

  • Wear several layers of loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
  • Wear mittens; they are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat, body heat is lost through your head.
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors, or employees.
  • Bring pets inside.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.

For detailed preparedness information, go to MEMA's website at

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