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City and school leaders prepare for wintry weather predictions

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Mid-South crews and residents spend a lot of time preparing for winter weather that oftentimes, doesn't pan out. But city and county officials say it is better to be safe than to be sorry. Mid-South crews and residents spend a lot of time preparing for winter weather that oftentimes, doesn't pan out. But city and county officials say it is better to be safe than to be sorry.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A city crippled under a few inches of snow. It is hard to forget the images the nation saw out of Atlanta, Ga. this week. And with the chance of winter weather in the Mid-South, officials are making sure the same will not happen in Shelby County.

Mid-South road crews, school leaders, and residents spend a lot of time preparing for winter weather that oftentimes, doesn't pan out. But city and county officials say it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Action News 5 meteorologists predict the possibility of winter weather Sunday night.

"We will be diligently monitoring those weather conditions," said Bob Nations, Shelby County Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Top of mind? The recent snowfall in Atlanta and Birmingham.

"Obviously there were some glitches in their services and not to say that we can't have those, but we're certainly prepared for everything that we know to prepare for," said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

The Shelby County Office of Emergency Preparedness coordinates the response during any weather event. Its emergency operations center becomes a sort of Grand Central Station.

Nations says timely, deliberate decisions are made at the emergency operations center, with the intent to err on the side of caution.

"We're ready," he said. "There are surprises in every event, not necessarily surprised by an event."

Nations continued, "You would rather face the criticism of having taken action and something not materialize rather than not taking an action and then it materializing and we really get jammed up."

City crews say the weather predictions are on their radar and equipment is ready to roll out if necessary.

For schools, timing is key when wintry weather hits. If they are not in session at the time, then the matter is not as critical. But you can bet school leaders will have their eyes on the forecast.

When the weather hit Atlanta and Birmingham, roads were jammed and kids slept at school.

"They're [her kids] so close to where we are. If I had to walk to get them I could because they're only a couple miles," said Sarah Bolton. "But, um, I'm sure. It happened in Atlanta so I guess it could happen here."

By e-mail, Shelby County Schools said they will work with the National Weather Service to stay informed about all of the inclement weather forecast for the area.

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