Snow brings issues for Memphis-area drivers

My5: Photo courtesy of Gary Cox
My5: Photo courtesy of Gary Cox

By Jason Miles - bio | email | Facebook

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Despite its beauty, the rather significant snowfall created quite a mess on Memphis roads.  It caused a number of minor crashes and prompted some drivers to abandon their vehicles along Bill Morris Parkway.

"This is a little different type event that we're used to because the temperatures are so very low," said TDOT spokesperson Nicole Lawrence.

TDOT crews joined more than a dozen from Memphis Public Works with no plans to quit working until Friday morning.

"Go home!" said Memphis motorist Kenneth Upshaw.  "That's the best thing to do."

Tammy Terrell had to drive home to Bartlett from St. Jude.

"One of my co-workers," said Terrell, "took them two hours to get from here to Austin Peay."

Whether or not you have to drive in it, a half dozen or so snow events this year alone has been enough for many people.

"That's why I say Milwaukee, home of the blues!" said Blues Foundation Executive Director Jay Sieleman.

He swept the snow that fell in front of his downtown office.

"You know, I'm from Iowa originally and you've got to stay ahead of it," said Sieleman.  "Otherwise, what are you going to remove it with?  We don't have snow shovels."

We left him hoping for an early Spring and an end to snow-covered roadways for a while.

TDOT H.E.L.P. trucks were also out and about helping those stranded along interstates.  They stressed patience for those waiting for help.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.