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State of Emergency Declared for Tenn. Winter Storm

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —Tennessee has declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of a several rounds of threatening weekend weather.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt notes the forecast includes freezing rain and ice that could lead to downed trees and power lines.

The ice and snow are a threat in the Western and Middle Tennessee. But  Heidt says that with an additional three to five inches of rain forecast for this weekend, flooding is a concern across the entire state.

Heidt recommends avoiding travel this weekend if you can, but if you have to be out make sure you’re prepared.

“If you might get stuck on the side of the road, or even might have an accident, you might need to be prepared to be out in the elements for a period of time. So you want to make sure you have an emergency kit in your car with a blanket – something warm and maybe something to eat.”

Here in Middle Tennessee more than 90 school systems are closed or plan to close early today. Most of those systems are in the northwest corner of the mid-state where the worst of the winter blast is expected.

An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for five mid-state counties in the extreme northwest corner. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for counties along and west of Interstate 65 corridor.