More winter weather blankets Mid-South with snow - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

More winter weather blankets Mid-South with snow

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Another round of winter weather Wednesday dropped up to a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-South.

The side of the interstate in West Memphis, Arkansas was littered with 18-wheelers sliding off the road as they hit the snow-packed roads.  

Sand trucks sprayed the roads as fast as they could, but it was not enough.  Mary Jo Calaway found that out the hard way when she slid off the road.

"Just started sliding," she said.  "That was it."

Calaway got lucky when T.J. Inman happened by.

"Always carry a chain," said Inman.  "I just had to help get my friend out of the ditch over in Memphis."

Inman said he helped a few people Wednesday.

A hill near the interstate proved too tempting for Justin Mabry and his son Dalton Lee.

"You ready?" Mabry asked his son as they began to slide down the hill.  "Let's go."

The wind and snow made the trek back to the car not so easy for Lee.

In Mississippi, snow began falling before the lunch hour and lasted well into the evening.

More than five inches of snow fell in parts of Tunica County.  Dozens of drivers were no match for the icy commute.

Commander Eugene Payne from the Tunica County Sheriff's Department said almost a dozen drivers were treated for head injuries.  Many of them were not wearing seatbelts.  

"Most of the motorists that I've witnessed are going too fast," said Payne.  "We're asking motorists to slow down."

The trip from Memphis to Mississippi was treacherous during the height of the storm Wednesday.  A 20-mph commute was peppered with abandoned cars and drivers off the road in need of a tow.

While most businesses closed early, the crippling snow did not interrupt Tunica County's gaming industry.

"It's been perfect for us," said casino visitor Brandy Eichelberger.  "We've been indoors in this beautiful place."

Valets at Tunica's casinos added ice scraping to their list of services.

"We have flights that had come in from Philadelphia and other cities," said Greg Hinton with Harrah's Casino Tunica.  "We also have our poker players who are playing in our World Series of Poker tournament, so we've got a pretty big crowd here for a snowy night."

Some gamblers headed for Harrah's by car during the worst of the winter storm.

"Our office closed early today and I thought of Tunica immediately," said Diane LeCaptain of Bartlett.

Many casino employees could not make it to work.  Those who did had a warm place to stay.

Mississippi Department of Transportation issued a warning via Twitter Wednesday night.  Seven people have died on icy roads in Mississippi in the past three months.  They asked drivers to exercise extreme caution.

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