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Mid-Southerners brace for possibility of more snow

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(WMC-TV) – With the Mid-South looking at the possibility of more snow, schools and road crews in the tri-state area are on alert.

For the schools, it's a watch and wait scenario.  But for road crews, preparations can never begin soon enough.

Right now, half the Tennessee Department of Transportation staff is on the clock at the Arlington facility to pre-treat the interstates and rural roads.

"We want to get ahead of it to keep our traffic moving and keep people safe," said Steve Lemmon with T-DOT.

Trucks could be seen coming and going throughout the day on Sunday to get an early handle on the situation.

"We are putting down salt brine on all of our interstates and rural routes," said Lemmon.

T-DOT plans to top that off with a rock salt application.  State troopers recommend drivers keep a good distance behind any vehicles in front of you, and drive at a speed where you can control your vehicle if you go into a spin.

People already know the drill.

"Just drive slowly.  Watch the other guy," said mid-Southerner John Murphy.

T-DOT trucks are focusing on hot spots where they've seen the most trouble.

"The bridges will freeze quicker than the roadways.  Especially bridges on I-40 and I-55. They have water under them.  Also the flyover, which is very high in the air," said Lemmon.

Local school districts usually send out crews to survey road safety.

Should any school closings occur, Action News 5 will have the latest updates on-air, on WMCTV.com, and our mobile news app.

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