Ice leaves area roads treacherous
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010 9:13 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
That was the advice for motorists this morning from Obion County Emergency Management director Danny Jowers.
As temperatures fell below freezing, a light rain that started Sunday afternoon turned to sleet and snow during the evening hours and overnight — leaving the area blanketed with up to an inch of snow and ice and making for hazardous driving conditions this morning.
“It’s pretty slick out there,” Jowers said shortly after 9 a.m. today. “There is a base of sleet and ice underneath the snow. The back roads are very treacherous. People need to slow down.”
Jowers said there were a few accidents reported across Obion County this morning.
In Union City, police dispatch reported there had been no accidents early today but there had been many calls from residents inquiring about the condition of the roads. Light snow was still falling in the area at the time.
Traffic was light this morning on local roadways, due in large part to today’s observance of Presidents Day and the scheduled closing of government offices, banks and schools in both the Obion County and Union City school systems to mark the federal holiday.
Parking lots that were transformed into sheets of ice were among the most slippery spots encountered by many local residents and extreme caution was being urged.
The forecast today called for a 40 percent chance of snow and highs around only 30, with west winds of 10-15 mph. Scattered flurries remain in the forecast for tonight, when lows will dip into the lower 20s.
Highs are expected to reach the mid-30s Tuesday and are forecast to rise into the lower 40s Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Precipita-tion doesn’t return to the forecast until Friday, when there is a 40 percent chance of rain during the day and a 50 percent chance of rain and snow Friday night. The chance of precipitation falls to 20 percent Saturday, with highs around 40, according to the forecast.
Across the state
Elsewhere today across Tennessee, the Associated Press reported there were numerous crashes before dawn in the Nashville area and the Tennessee Department of Transportation reported highways were snow-covered and slippery across much of the state.
Memphis and Nashville each reported about a half-inch of snow. While traffic was moving well on interstates in the Memphis area, Nashville had ice and icy patches on even the major routes.
The Tennessee Depart-ment of Transportation reported roads icy in the Knoxville region, including Interstate 75 north to Kentucky. The Jackson area of West Tennessee northward to the Kentucky line had icy conditions, as did most counties on the Cumberland Plateau.
A winter weather advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. today for Middle Tennessee and until 6 a.m. Tuesday for East Tennessee. Between one and three inches of snow were expected in the eastern two-thirds of the state through Tuesday.
Cold temperatures are expected to dominate the week’s weather, according to the Associated Press.