MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation is preparing for the chance for wintry weather Thursday.
Nichole Lawrence with TDOT says crews will treat elevated surfaces late Thursday afternoon using a brine mixture. This includes bridges, overpasses and the I-40 flyover at I-240.
Lawrence says crews must wait for roads to dry from the rain before they can be treated with the brine mixture.
TDOT will also have some crew members on hand overnight to respond to and treat slick spots that pop up.
“Our concentration right now, because of the weather, because of the temperatures, and it’s not really predicted to stay around very long, that temperature is expected to rise back up tomorrow," Lawrence said, “We are concentrating our efforts on elevated surfaces.”
City crews are not pre-treating roads because of the recent rainfall. But Public Works Director Robert Knecht said Thursday overnight staff have already been assigned to check elevated surfaces for slick spots and be ready to respond.
“We have a small staff overnight with trucks ready to go. Let’s say we are getting a higher number of instances, then we have crews ready to bring in and can add additional trucks as we need to,” Knecht said, “Right now, it’s just responding to it as it happens.”
The First Alert Weather Team is forecasting periods of snow and sleet in eastern Arkansas, west Tennessee and north Mississippi during the evening and overnight hours. Any accumulation is expected to be very light and at most up to a half-inch. Ground temperatures, however, will remain warm enough that it shouldn’t cause major issues.