Overnight snowfall blankets Memphis and the Mid-South

(WMC-TV) - Thick, wet snow fell throughout the Mid-South early Wednesday morning, causing schools in outlying areas to close.

The snow started falling in the early overnight hours, accumulating up to four inches in some areas.

The slushy snow slowed traffic during the morning rush hour in Memphis, and an increased number of traffic accidents. On I-40 at Watkins, an SUV skidded off the roadway and slid down a hill, but no serious injuries were reported.

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Schools were closed in Tipton County, where a thick white blanket covered Atoka.

Young Katie Smith, a resident there, had a checklist of fun things to do when the snow sticks.

"I think it's fun to go outside and play in the snow, make snow men and throw snowballs at each other," she said.

It was such a safe snowfall, with so little impact on Atoka roads, that town admistrator Brian Coral said even typical trouble spots were relatively unscathed.

"We've been checking those trouble spots where we have trouble every year, and we're not seeing it," Coral said.

Even so, Coral encouraged residents to take it slow on the road in these conditions.

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