Shelby County prepares for more winter weather

Shelby County prepares for more winter weather

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Another round of winter weather will move into Shelby County Sunday night.

A spokesperson for the Shelby County government says driving will be hazardous Sunday night and Monday morning.

"A combination of freezing rain, sleet, and snow will begin about 7:00 Sunday evening. Citizens need to be on the alert," said Dale Lane, Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, in a written statement. "Ice will likely be on the roads, especially bridges and overpasses."

Meanwhile in Midtown, Memphian James Williams washed the week's salt, sand, and other debris off his SUV.

"It got cold," said Williams. "And the ice and snow, oh, it made driving kind of horrible."

Williams says he never wants to see icy conditions like last week's again, which is why he was bummed when he learned more wintry weather is in the forecast.

"That makes me feel kind of bad, knowing I might not get out and wash my car again," Williams laughed.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness staffers moved their weather strategy up to a Level 4 and sent trucks out to prep the streets for another round of ice.

"We're getting our roads pre-treated," said Lane. "We're working closely with the National Weather Service to make sure we have the latest information out there."

From the SCOP "War Room," Lane and his staff can monitor MLGW's power outage map and send help to people who lose power. Other monitors alert them of flooding, downed trees, power lines, and more.

"Should we see one portion of our system begin to have trouble, we will be able to step in," said Lane.

Lane says everyone needs to take it slow on the roads and leave plenty of space between other vehicles, even if they feel like expert drivers after last week's ice.

Back in Midtown, Williams shares the sentiment that many other Mid-Southerners are expressing- he's fed up with the winter weather.

"I mean, I'll be glad when it's over," said Williams. "That's my thing with it, I will be glad when it's over."

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