Snow quickly coats roads, causes wrecks - WKRN News 2

Snow quickly coats roads, causes wrecks

Posted: Updated: Feb 9, 2011 09:57 PM CST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Yet another round of winter weather moved into the Mid-State Wednesday afternoon, quickly coating interstates and causing travel headaches for drivers.

Dozens of accidents were reported during the 3 p.m. hour, especially north of the city, including several with multiple vehicles involved.

Outbound traffic on nearly every interstate was slow-going through the evening commute.

It took some employees in highly concentrated areas such as Metro Center and around the State Capitol more than an hour to even get onto interstates.

In Madison, an accident involving as many as 10 vehicles was reported just off Interstate 65 on Old Hickory Boulevard near North Graycroft Avenue.

News 2's Jamey Tucker spent more than an hour trying to get to the crash but was held up by traffic jams in other parts of the city.

Even snow plows were stuck in traffic, hindering their effect on Mid-State roads.

News 2's Jerry Barlar, Jamey Tucker and Todd Dunn are out on area roads, monitoring the conditions.  Watch them live on USTREAM.

A winter storm advisory is in effect for much of the region, including Metro Nashville, through 3 a.m. Thursday.

One to two inches of snow is forecasted.

The snow began falling north of Nashville shortly after 3 p.m. and was beginning to move into the downtown region 30 minutes after.

Heavier snow was expected in southern Middle Tennessee, with accumulations between two and four inches.

The National Weather Service in Nashville has issued a winter storm warning for Lincoln, Moore and Franklin counties from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening through 6 a.m. Thursday.

There, the snow will begin to fall by early evening and taper off from west to east during the overnight hours.

Most schools districts in Middle Tennessee opted to close ahead of the winter storm or close early on Wednesday.

Closings were likely again on Thursday.  Click here for the latest list of closings and delays.

Nashville police officers are urging motorists to stay off the roadways on Wednesday evening due to the icy and snowy road conditions.

Due to the high number of accidents, police are only responding to accidents involving injuries.

Officers told Nashville's News 2 that emergency management volunteers are out assisting stranded motorists.

TDOT crews are scheduled to work through the night to treat more than 1,800 miles of Tennessee roadways.

It will be cold Wednesday, with high temperatures only in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees.  Sunshine will return on Thursday, helping the snow begin to melt.

A warm-up is in store for the weekend, with highs near 60 degrees by Sunday.

Visit WKRN.COM/Weather to check the latest forecast and radar conditions.  Read the latest blog post at NashvilleWX.com.

Send your snow photos and videos to pix@wkrn.com.

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