Many staying home as cold weather continues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Many people were staying home as subfreezing temperatures forced the closure of everything from schools, to senior centers to Goodwill donation trailers in Tennessee.
Even the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg closed early Monday night.
The bitter cold and sub-zero wind chills are predicted to continue into Tuesday, but Tennessee cancelled its state of emergency Monday afternoon.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt says the agency had received no requests for assistance from the counties, and there had been no major power outages or road blockages. The agency was still advising people to stay indoors.
Meanwhile, cities across the state were taking extra precautions to find shelter for those who had nowhere to go in the cold.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Brutally cold air gripped Kentucky early Tuesday for a second day, but forecasters predicted a slight warming trend in coming daylight hours with temperatures expected to rise into the teens or higher.
The dangerous blast of polar air surged out of the Midwest into the South and East on Monday, closing schools and day care centers around the region, grounding flights and forcing people to bundle up against the dangers of frostbite.
Temperatures dropped into the low single digits Monday around Kentucky, and wind chill readings plummeted to 22 below zero in Louisville, 20 below in Lexington, 15 below in Jackson in eastern Kentucky and 14 below in Paducah in the west.
More of the same bitter cold pushed people into shelters overnight.