Slick roads, cold temps follow Tennesee snowfall
Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 9:01 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Much of Tennessee was covered in snow and was picture postcard pretty today — if people could only have stayed home.
The issues were travel and cold temperatures.
Snow that fell as a cold front across the state Thursday brought as much as three inches to spots like Atoka in Tipton County, north of Memphis. A couple of inches fell at Nashville and a little more on the Cumberland Plateau. Union City recorded an inch of snow.
Jackson’s airport reported some freezing fog before dawn today.
The snow had moved out of Tennessee by dawn today and National Weather Service forecaster Chris Duke in Memphis said the weather issue of the day could be read on the thermometer.
“At least today, it’s definitely going to be the temperature,” Duke said. “Highs won’t be above freezing and a northerly wind will have wind chills in the teens.”
Roads were slick enough that the University of Tennessee at Martin canceled classes for today — a rare occurrence. The city also had a dawn temperature of 9 degrees.
Travel is treacherous on all except the major roads in much of the state, and even many of them have icy spots.
In the Tri-Cities area, a dusting to an inch of snow was widespread. Black ice was a driving problem, because the precipitation began as rain Thursday afternoon, then changed over last night as the temperature dropped. Some roads had icy patches.
Most county school systems opted to close statewide, even though the Knoxville area got just a dusting. Some schools delayed opening for one or two hours in the Chattanooga and Knoxville areas. Obion County School System officials called off school on Thursday, while Union City School System students learned this morning that they would be staying home today as well.
Highs in most spots aren’t expected to rise above freezing today, so little melting will occur. The cloud cover is expected to break up during the day.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported even main roads had icy patches from the Mississippi River eastward across the Cumberland Plateau.
Published in The Messenger 1.21.11