As flurries arrive, Franklin closes offices, but road crews are on the job


As flurries arrive, Franklin closes offices, but road crews are on the job

Ice appeared on cars quickly as a winter storm hit Franklin on Friday, January 12/ Photo by Brooke Wanser.

By BROOKE WANSER

Rain, sleet and snow brought a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Bureau in Nashville, while Williamson County Schools closed and many businesses shut down for the day in Franklin.

Light snow flurries began falling just after noon in parts of Franklin.

In a video posted by the City of Franklin’s Facebook page, city trucks were out salting streets Friday morning in anticipation of the day’s inclement weather.

Franklin Communications Manager Milissa Reierson said city offices closed at noon, but the streets department crew had prepared for the inclement weather by salting all the main city streets.

The city also released a map of snow routes, found here.

Though only around an inch of snow accumulation was forecast, Reierson said the city had 2,000 tons of salt on hand, coming from two local two salt facilities.

“With the slush, it [the salt] turns it into a brine mixture so it helps prep the streets for when the snow starts,” she said. If necessary, city vehicles are ready to go out and distribute more salt.

The city warned residents of freezing temperatures online and on the street/Photo by Brooke Wanser

Though the city takes care of main city thoroughfares, Reierson said major arterials like Mack Hatcher Parkway, Highway 96 and Hillsboro Road are state owned, and thus salted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“We can’t just get into every neighborhood and salt every street,” Reierson said, though she noted that city residents could contact the streets department if a local road became hazardous.

Visit franklintn.gov/government/street and click on the FAQ for more information.

The city also has a page of cold weather tips, currently on the home page of franklintn.gov/home.

Starbucks at Five Points was one of several restaurants open downtown, as many businesses shuttered for the day/ Photo by Brooke Wanser
Holiday decorations still remain up, making the icicles appear festive/Photo by Brooke Wanser

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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