Jan 7, 2022 - News

Heavy snow hits Nashville hard

The snow at Old Hickory Lake

The snow at Old Hickory Lake. Photo: Axios Nashville reader Alice S.

A winter storm walloped Middle Tennessee yesterday, blanketing roads, backyards, and the mosaic dragon at Fannie Mae Dees Park in a thick coat of snow.

  • The National Weather Service estimates as much as seven inches fell in parts of Nashville — and it won't be going anywhere today.

Driving the news: Snow snarled traffic across the region, with accidents closing interstates and major arteries for hours at a time.

  • One person died after a tractor-trailer slid off Interstate 24 near Clarksville.
  • A fire engine on an emergency call hit the back of a city bus on Jefferson Street, causing it to spin and block the road. At least five people went to the hospital after the crash, per The Tennessean.

Zoom out: From 8am to 2:45pm, Nashville police responded to 172 crashes throughout the day; at least 44 of them with injuries reported.

  • More than 300 flights were canceled or delayed at Nashville International Airport.
  • Officials pleaded with residents to stay home as crews worked to clear roads. They warned conditions would remain treacherous today, with temperatures staying below freezing.

Meanwhile: Kids dug their winter coats out of the closet, sledded down hills and lobbed snowballs.

By the numbers: More snow fell in about eight hours Thursday than Nashville saw all year in 2021.

  • The total accumulation for all of last year was 5.4 inches, according to the NWS.

The big picture: City officials warned of dangerously cold temperatures after the storm. Crews fanned out across the city to distribute blankets and offer transportation to a shelter.


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