Here's the National Weather Service's technical explanation of what's happening with the local weather:
"Mid level deformation zone associated with mid level shortwave will rotate across the Mid South through mid afternoon."
Translation: A weather event packing snow, ice, sleet, freezing temperatures and a bone-chilling wind chill has Greater Memphis on lockdown.
Schools, daycares, government offices and more shutdown amid hazardous conditions that include icy roads. Travel is expected to remain hazardous through Tuesday morning with temperatures remaining below freezing.
For those who did have to out into the elements, the morning drive was treacherous. An icy glaze covered streets across Shelby County, especially on bridges and overpasses.
Representatives from law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and support bureaus tracked incidents through the night at the Shelby County Emergency Operations Center in east Memphis.
MLGW and public works crews were scurrying to clear dozens of downed trees and power lines. Citizens were being encouraged to stay in contact with relatives and friends, especially those who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Pets need to be sheltered because of the very cold temperatures predicted through Tuesday.
Both Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam declared a State of Emergency of Emergency yesterday.
Here was the National Weather Service forecast:
· This afternoon: A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as 5. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
· Tonight : Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
· Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
· Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
· Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.
· Wednesday night: A slight chance of rain, snow, and sleet. Cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
· Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 51. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Solid Waste Collection – Inclement Weather Schedule
Customers normally serviced by City of Memphis Solid Waste Management Department crews on Monday, March 3rd, will experience collection delays due to inclement weather. Service will resume Tuesday, March 4th, weather permitting. This will result in all customers receiving collection one (1) day later than scheduled, with services running through Saturday, March 8th.
Customers serviced by Republic Services will receive collection one (1) day later than scheduled all week, with services running through Saturday, March 8th. Collection of yard debris and trash outside the cart will be delayed as well.
Residents of mobile home communities serviced by Waste Connections will receive collection one (1) day later than scheduled all week, with services running through Saturday, March 8th.
During a weather disruption, customers are asked to place carts and bins out to the curb on their regular collection day and leave them at the curb until serviced. Collection crews will make every effort to resume normal collections as soon as weather permits.
(Visit www.memphiswaste.org or http://memphiswaste.memphistn.gov for schedule updates.)
Contact Shelby County Emergency Operations Center at (901) 515-2525 or go to these websites:
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