Rutherford County waltzed into the new year with winter weather advisories and snowfall that blanketed the ground with an estimated four to seven inches of school-canceling snow.
Both Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools were set to have students and teachers make their comeback to campus after a two-week winter break.
Monday, Jan. 3 was scheduled to be a teacher in-service day for the respective school districts but was canceled in the early hours of the morning due to inclement weather. Although there was a frenzy of falling flakes, the snow was short-lived and had mostly melted away as temperatures crept back up in the afternoon.
Thursday’s weather event was more reminiscent of 2021’s mid-February ice storm, which left many Midstate residents huddled up inside their homes for days at a time.
MCS and RCS students returned to school on Tuesday, Jan. 4 with a one-hour delay and were back on a regular schedule by the next day. Both districts then cancelled classes on Thursday and Friday for severe weather and icy road conditions that could be dangerous for commuting parents, staff and bus drivers.
Middle Tennessee State University also closed campus last Thursday and Friday. The spring semester is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 18.
The Murfreesboro Police Department and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to several crashes last Thursday.
MPD spokesman Larry Flowers said all of the crashes the city encountered caused no injuries, but several tow-truck drivers had been called to assist individuals stranded in the snow.
RCSO Spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said that deputies had responded to an equal number of non-injury and injury crashes related to the “slick county roads” caused by the weather.
Weakley Lane and Couchville Pike were deemed impassable for vehicles on the county government’s Facebook page.
A news release from Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Rutherford said that members of the Stones River Jeep Club provided transportation to and from the hospital for about 30 staff members.
Middle Tennessee Electric reported no outages on Thursday.