Clarksville prepares for impending ice storm

Clarksville prepares for impending ice storm

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Montgomery County emergency personnel are preparing to deal with ice and freezing rain over the next two days.

With bad weather expected to move into the area Friday morning, Montgomery County schools have cancelled classes.  Several other districts have opted to close for the day or close early. View the complete list at

Montgomery County and surrounding communities are under an ice storm warning.  Up to a half inch of ice is expected.

"[One of] the biggest threats in that much ice accumulating on the trees and power lines is losing power. It can cause great big problems and people don't have a way to stay warm," EMA Director Jerry Buchanan told News 2 Thursday.

Buchanan and other emergency personnel gathered Thursday to listen to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service and plan out their response.

Crews couldn't put brine, a salt-water mixture, on the roads Thursday because they were wet and it wouldn't work, according to Buchanan.

"That's our concern right now, the ice," he said. "You put brine down [in the rain] and it's going to wash off."

The local Red Cross is prepared to open shelters if necessary.

"Red Cross has shelters on standby and depending on where, they open up shelters. They'll be ready to open up," Buchanan said.

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