NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Preparations for power outages and stranded travelers were largely unneeded as Tennessee made it through the worst of the arctic freeze without major incidents.
Many people stayed home as bitter cold and subzero wind chills 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.
Although demand for power taxed the electrical grid, with the Tennessee Valley Authority reporting near-record winter power demand in preliminary figures, most of the state avoided power outages.
Tennessee even canceled its state of emergency on Monday afternoon, despite continuing subzero wind chills.
The National Weather service predicted temperatures would remain low through Tuesday night, rising to the high 30s on Wednesday afternoon across the state.
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