Early morning snow blamed for traffic troubles - WKRN News 2

Early morning snow blamed for traffic troubles

Posted: Updated: Feb 2, 2013 12:02 PM CST

Early morning snow caused traffic problems across Middle Tennessee Saturday morning.

Flurries started to fall in the Metro Nashville area around 6:45 a.m. and, with temperatures in the 20s, the snow quickly coated the roadways.

By 8:30 a.m., cars were scattered all over Interstate 24.

"There were cars everywhere all over the road and up against the retainer wall, people crashing everywhere," Metro police Officer Joe Hooper told Nashville's News 2.

Metro police responded to over 200 accidents.  Twenty eight of those accidents involved injuries.

"Have the motorist out here slow it down. Pay attention to their surroundings and keep enough distance between them and the people in front of them," Hooper advised.

By late morning, News 2 meteorologist Davis Nolan said roads were improving.

Warming temperatures were also expected to help keep the roads clear the rest of the day.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Deanna Lambert told Nashville's News 2 crews were ahead of the game and had been out all morning working to eliminate slick spots.

Lambert, however, advised motorists to stay home.

"If you don't have to be out on the roads, please don't be on the roads so our trucks can get out there and get through the lanes," she said.

More wintry precipitation is possible Saturday afternoon.  East Tennessee can also expect more snowfall.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions, visits WKRN.com/Weather.

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