TENNESSEE GETS READY FOR ICE STORM
Emergency officials are getting ready for a busy weekend. ANYTIME we get even RAIN in Middle Tennessee, we have people crashing their cars... but with ICE on the roads, we're into a whole new level of potential problems.
The WESTERN part of Tennessee is expected to be hardest-hit, but Nashville could get enough freezing rain to create some hazardous driving and walking conditions. If the ice gets heavy enough, tree limbs and power lines could fall, so be ready for the possibility that you'll lose electricity.
Power companies are calling in extra workers in several states ahead of this big storm.
Just get ready for the worst, and hope for the best.
SCHOOLS CLOSED, OUT EARLY
Please be extra careful around schools today! Some schools are closing early, some are closed, altogether.
Davidson County/Metro kids get out two hours early. You can see the whole list under the NEWS tab at mix929.com
NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE PLANNED IN SPITE OF WEATHER
We should know by around noon, whether the Nashville Christmas Parade is definitely going to happen. That's when city officials say they'll make the final decision. If it's on, the tree lighting is at 6:30, the parade starts at 7. That would mean the usual parade route road closings as well.
NOVEMBER WEATHER COLDEST IN 16 YEARS
Nashville's average temperature in November was the coldest on record since 1997, averaging 3.5 degrees below normal for the month according to the National Weather Service. The overall average temperature was 46.3 degrees with the average high 57.6 degrees and the average low 34.9 degrees. Temperatures got as high as 75 on Nov. 6 and as cold as 16 degrees on Nov. 28.
WINTER STORM WATCHES AND WARNINGS
A winter storm watch is in effect from 9 a.m. Friday through midnight Saturday in Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery, and Robertson counties in the Mix listening area… A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that could greatly impact travel. Strong winds are also possible, which could make travel very hazardous or impossible.
WINTER STORM ADVISORY FOR CHEATHAM, DAVIDSON, DICKSON, MAURY, ROBERTSON, SUMNER AND WILLIAMSON COUNTIES from 4 p.m. Friday until midnight Saturday morning.
The NWS says a winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.
SALVATION ARMY ISSUES URGENT PLEA FOR ANGEL ADOPTERS
If you're planning to try and stay indoors the next few days, and if you have some time, you may want to hop online and make a quick donation to the Salvation Army. They say the Angel Tree Adoptions have been very slow this year, and they still have thousands of angels who need to be adopted. Usually, this last weekend of the adoption period is very busy, people go shopping and get those gifts back to the Angel tree warehouse or to the malls, But this bad weather is going to really mess that up. So Salvation Army says if you make a monetary donation, online, they can still take care of the families who are in need. www.Salarmy-Nashville.com
And if you're able to adopt and angel and want the information faxed or emailed to you, you can adopt online at www.mix929.com or by calling us in the Mix studio, at 615-737-0929.
MANDELA BEING REMEMBERED
People around the world are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, the beloved South African who led his country out of apartheid and became its first black president. Preparations are underway for the state funeral. President Obama, his family, and all four surviving former U.S. Presidents are expected to attend.
Mandela passed away yesterday at his home after a long illness. He was 95. Oh, and when you see those signs that say RIP Madiba: that's his tribal clan name. Madiba means "reconciler."
HOLIDAY SPECIALS ON THIS WEEKEND:
If your goal is to stay in tonight and stay warm with the family, the Frosty the Snowman animated specials are on TV. Both Frosty the Snowman and Frosty's Winter Wonderland.
You can get a link to when and where the Holiday specials are airing
MONEY, IN-LAWS MAIN CAUSES OF COUPLES' ARGUMENTS
Don't let the hype of the holiday cause problems AFTER the holidays are over. Money is still the number one cause of fights between couples. Next, it's in-laws.
HERMITAGE McDONALD'S ACCIDENTALLY GIVES AWAY BANK DEPOSIT
You ever go through the drive through and get the wrong order? A couple in Hermitage, Tennessee ordered their food, opened the sack and found a big ole stack of money. The clerk had accidentally handed them the sack with the STORE bank deposit in it. The Hermitage couple took the money back.
MIT RESEARCHERS CREATE TOUGHEST TONGUE TWISTER
Researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they've come up with the toughest tongue twister. According to "Boston" magazine, MIT psychologist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel says anyone who can say "pad kid poured curd pulled cod" ten times quickly deserves a prize. She and her colleagues came up with the phrase while researching two categories of alternating words -- simple lists and full-sentence versions of the same sounds with an inversion. They found that slip-ups occurred when volunteers tried to say certain strings of similar sounding words, and they used that information to come up with the ultimate verbal puzzle. Shattuck-Hufnagel presented her research Thursday at the Acoustical Society of America in San Francisco.
NOT EVERYONE'S LOVING "THE SOUND OF MUSIC," LIVE
Not everybody was crazy about "The Sound of Music, Live" starring Carrie Underwood. The tweets and Facebook posts were definitely mixed. Some loved it, others said things like, "The hills are alive with the sound of palms hitting faces," or, "I can't bear to watch." Someone said, "I am loving it!" while someone else posted, since the show was live, "It more fun somebody tripped."