Frigid temps follow snow
Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:06 pm
From AP, staff reports
Early commuters are finding highways snowpacked and slick across the western two-thirds of Tennessee.
The snowfall of Wednesday afternoon and evening was followed by very cold temperatures, with some spots in the single digits by dawn today.
Forecasters offer little hope of melting, with high temperatures today not expected to break freezing in West Tennessee and Middle Tennessee. In Union City, today’s high was to be near 26, with wind chill values as low as -5. Tonight’s low is forecast to dip down to 6.
Friday isn’t expected to be much better, with the high near 36 and wind chill values as low as -2. Friday’s low will be around 19. A wind chill advisory is in effect for all of West Tennessee.
National Weather Ser-vice forecaster Marlene Mickelson in Memphis says snowfall averaged 3 to 4 inches across West Tennessee. Union City saw 2.75 inches of measured snowfall at the A.L. Strub Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Crews from the Obion County Highway Department were out well after dark working on the roads Wednesday.
Both Obion County and Union City schools were closed today and travel was light across the area this morning. Fog that settled in some low-lying areas overnight lifted fairly quick for local motorists’ morning commute and no travel problems were reported this morning by Union City police. Only a few minor accidents were reported during Wednesday’s snowfall.
East Tennessee was less affected by the storm.
Travel is treacherous across most of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and state transportation and emergency management officials are recommending against all but essential driving.
A crash involving several commercial and passenger vehicles closed Interstate 24 in western Kentucky this morning at the Cumberland River bridge.
Officials say snowfall amounts exceeded estimates and travel is dangerous, especially in Caldwell and Christian counties in the western part of the state.
Temperatures in the single digits were common at dawn and there was a minus 6-degree reading in Monticello in south central Kentucky.
Published in The Messenger 2.10.11