PARKERS CROSSROADS, Tenn. — A winter charge that began with an icy brew before branch to sleet forced schools and businesses to close in Tennessee and Kentucky. Hardest hit were western sections of both states.
Ice coated extended swaths of the South, causing traffic snarls. Memphis police responded to some-more than 100 crashes. In Mississippi, a tractor-trailer overturned after crashing on icy Interstate 55, causing traffic delays.
The complement began in Tennessee as rain Friday morning, CBS Nashville associate WTVF reports. Roads were soppy for the morning drive, but as cold air changed in, the rain switched to frozen rain and sleet — making pushing conditions treacherous.
According to WTVF, several crashes involving mixed vehicles has sealed westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Henderson County. Some severe central reports settled as many as 16 almost trucks and eight vehicles were involved.
James A. Jones saw adequate cars stranded along the icy highway to know it was time to lift over as a winter charge bloody tools of Tennessee and Kentucky with sleet, frozen rain and sleet Friday.
Jones counted 25 cars stuck by the highway as he gathering from Memphis to McMinnville, Tennessee, about 280 miles away. He motionless not to risk it any longer and took a mangle in the West Tennessee city of Parkers Crossroads.
“It’s severe riding,” he said. “If you was in the wrecker business, you’d be making some income today.”
In Tennessee, Kim Ruehl and Mercedes Volk waited out the charge at a fast-food grill in Parkers Crossroads with their 3-year-old daughter, Quinn, who snacked on a cheeseburger and milk.
They were streamer from Asheville, North Carolina, to Fort Smith, Arkansas, to investigate a book. They stayed overnight in Nashville and were anticipating to drive west by the charge in their Mini Cooper. They pulled off Interstate 40 since of the dangerous pushing conditions.
“The windshield wipers froze and the highway just got genuine bad,” Ruehl said.
They weren’t awaiting such bad conditions, but they left early from Nashville anyway.
“An hour into the drive, we was like, we should have stayed in Nashville,” Volk said.
In Kentucky, lorry stop employee Paige Harville pronounced traffic was much lighter than common early Friday along Interstate 24 at Paducah.
“There’s not much of it,” she said. “Like nothing.”
Officials in McCracken County, where Paducah is located, pronounced a almost pile-up started the day off on Friday, CBS Lexington associate WKYT reports. The semi-truck slid on ice restraint all westbound lanes on I-24, and officials pronounced this was just one of the many collisions in the area.
In circuitously Mayfield in western Kentucky, postal workers arrived at work to find their delivery vehicles iced over. They had to de-ice the trucks before they could clear them. Letter conduit Corey Asher was prepared for fraudulent conditions as he started his route.
“The sleet covers up the sleet and ice, so where you consider you competence have plain balance you may not,” he said. “So your stairs have to be choppy today. You have to be genuine committed about where you walk, and use palm rails.”
Winter charge warnings were posted for the western halves of Tennessee and Kentucky as unseasonably comfortable weather in new days gave way to winter conditions.
In western Kentucky, roads were covered with layers of ice. On top of that was about 3 tenths of an in. of sleet, pronounced National Weather Service meteorologist Robin Smith.
“Don’t go out unless you positively have to,” Smith warned.
Winds up to 35 mph serve difficult driving. By early afternoon, much of western Kentucky had 1-3 inches of snow. Parts of West Tennessee had 3-4 inches.
Meanwhile, forecasters likely 2-5 inches of sleet in the Louisville and Lexington areas of Kentucky after Friday as temperatures dropped.
Many school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee called off classes Friday. Several colleges and universities in both states also canceled classes, including at Vanderbilt University, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University.
Some flights were canceled at the Memphis airport.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam sealed state offices Friday in West and Middle Tennessee due to the winter weather.
The winter charge stirred Kentucky House and Senate leaders to call off Friday’s legislative session.
Power outages in Kentucky seemed to be sporadic. By midday Friday, the Kentucky Emergency Management group reported somewhat some-more than 900 outages statewide.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people got the day off in northern Alabama, since of the probability of icy weather. Forecasters likely the light sleet and sleet will be clearing Friday night, according to CBS Birmingham associate WIAT. Expect some clearing into the early morning but lows will be getting down into the top teens and reduce 20s opposite the observation area overnight, WIAT reports.
School systems in the state’s Tennessee Valley segment close down Friday as forecasters warned of the probability of ice, sleet and sleet that could cloak roads. Several universities also closed, and some counties sealed their offices for the day.
In Arkansas, schools sealed in the eastern and southern tools of the state as the winter charge left an icy glaze.