Winter weather closes schools, roads in several counties - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Winter weather closes schools, roads in several counties

(WMC-TV) - Schools in Fayette, McNairy, and Hardeman counties were closed Monday because many rural roads were either flooded or washed away.

Road crews in all three counties have been out all day clearing debris and repairing pot holes.  But not everyone worked.  Some were excited about the winter weather.

"I'm happy because I don't have to go to school and do work," said Somerville Elementary 3rd grader Angel Davis.

"I'm not liking it too much because we just got through with Christmas vacation and now it's extended," explained parent Mattie Taylor.

In all, 37 roads in Hardeman County were closed because of flooding.

High water forced three road closures in Fayette County.

Highway 76 between Moscow and Somerville reopened around noon Monday.

Even then, water is still inches from the highway.

With below freezing temps predicted for the already rain soaked roads, schools in the area could get another day off on Tuesday.

"It could freeze. That could be bad. It could freeze pipes and could cause problems for roads and driving and everything else," said resident Joel Weber.

"They've already suspected they might not because of the weather. We'll have to watch in the morning. You guys will tell us," Taylor added.

Officials says if the rain soaked roadways freeze Monday night, TDOT will put a brine mixture out on major highways to keep them clear.

But, road departments in Hardeman, McNairy, and Fayette counties aren't equipped enough to salt and sand every single county road.

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