The Fairview community joined all of Middle Tennessee in experiencing its second snowfall of the new year last week. While some local residents embraced the scenic winter beauty, others were forced to battle the treacherous road conditions.
The National Weather Service accurately predicted “significant snowfall” with sleet and freezing rain possible mainly south of Interstate-40.
The weather system arrived in Fairview just before 7 a.m. on Thursday morning with sleet arriving first resulting in close to half an inch of ice. The sleet was short-lived as large snowflakes began to fall around 7:10 a.m. Within an hour, the community’s landscape and rooftops were blanketed in white.
The snowflakes continued to fall throughout the day into the late afternoon. Fairview received a total of six inches of snow combined with a layer of ice.
Williamson County Schools took note of the forecast and cancelled Thursday classes around 5 p.m. Wednesday, and government offices and facilities closed early Thursday and remained closed Friday as temperatures remained below freezing.
The quick accumulation of snow caught many commuters and businesses off guard. Those who left for work before 7 a.m. quickly found themselves navigating slick roads to return home after more businesses closed.
Conditions were perfect for some winter sledding fun, but those attempting to drive did not enjoy the ride. Some vehicles slid into ditches and others into trees. As the list of weather-related accidents grew, commuters found themselves stranded along roadways in frigid temperatures.
The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency issued alerts advising “Stay off the roads today unless absolutely necessary. If you do go out, make sure your vehicle is stocked with a flashlight, food, water and plenty of warm layers.”
In Fairview, most drivers heeded the advice on Thursday. On Friday, more drivers attempting to travel found the road conditions remained hazardous. At one point on Friday, vehicles were sideways blocking a half dozen side roads. Black ice remained a concern through Saturday morning.
There is a slight chance of snow flurries this weekend, but with no significant accumulation.