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County slammed by winter’s arrival

County slammed by winter’s arrival

Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:27 pm

 

Strike two. For the second time in a week, wintry precipitation has hit Obion County. Winter officially arrived Sunday and certainly made its presence known overnight and early today as freezing rain and sleet fell across northwest Tennessee. A winter weather advisory was in effect until noon today as freezing rain and sleet fell this morning, with no sleet accumulation and less than a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation predicted. It was expected to change over to rain or freezing rain this afternoon as the high temperature rose to around 40 degrees. Accidents were reported across Obion County this morning — including a multi-vehicle pileup that closed a portion of Highway 22 between Union City and Martin for several hours. Traffic was diverted around the scene between the Terrell Road exit on Highway 22 and Union City’s Reelfoot Avenue exit. County and state law enforcement officers were still responding to several traffic accidents at mid-morning today, according to the Obion County Sheriff’s Department, and among the crashes reported were one involving a state trooper and one involving a sheriff’s deputy. In Union City, police were also responding to numerous minor weather-related crashes this morning and Union City police officers were assisting county officers in their efforts to work the accidents. Union City Public Works had two trucks out running this morning and crews were placing salt on bridges and slippery areas of the roadways. Across the state line, the Kentucky State Police was urging motorists to stay off local roads this morning. At mid-morning, a blockage was reported on the Purchase Parkway northbound at mile marker 46.5, just south of the U.S. 60 interchange. A week ago, a messy mix of freezing rain, sleet and light snow hit Obion County, closing schools and making road conditions hazardous throughout the area. One person died as the result of injuries sustained in a weather-related accident on East Reelfoot Avenue in Union City during last week’s wintry precipitation. Tonight’s forecast calls for brisk conditions with periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms and lows in the mid-30s. The chance of rain is near 100 percent. Conditions will be warmer on Christmas Eve, when the forecast calls for windy conditions and periods of showers and thunderstorms with highs in the mid-50s during the day. Published in The Messenger 12.23.08

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