Bad weather shuts down Legislature for the week

    The Cordell Hull Legislative Building. (Photo: John Partipilo)
    The Cordell Hull Legislative Building. (Photo: John Partipilo)

    With ice and snow covering highways and streets into Nashville, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally announced Tuesday the Legislature will be closed this week.

    “Due to continuing severe weather and adverse road conditions, all @tnsenate meetings are cancelled for the remainder of the week. Members do not need to travel to Nashville. Staff is advised to work from home. The Cordell Hull Building will be closed. Stay safe everyone!” McNally said on Twitter.

    About 2 inches of ice and snow fell on most of Middle Tennessee up to the Cumberland Plateau Monday, and 4 to 8 inches of snow and ice blanketed most of West Tennessee.

    Temperatures are expected to stay in the 20s Tuesday, keeping the snow and ice from thawing, and another round of precipitation is predicted for Wednesday night. Highs are expected to rise above freezing Saturday, and Sunday could bring 50-degree weather with sunshine and the likely return of the General Assembly on Monday.