Winter blast arrives without invite in Dyersburg

Winter blast arrives without invite in Dyersburg
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

DYERSBURG, TN (WMC) - It sounded like a steady tapping on your door, and it turned out to be Ole Man Winter arriving in Dyersburg, Tennessee without an invite.

With temperatures as low as 16 degrees in the city of Dyersburg, a winter blast came through Monday and made itself right at home.

"It doesn't take a whole lot of snow and ice, and we're snowed in," Tommy McPherson said. "The county is shut down, and there will likely be no school the next couple of days."

Rod Steinkruger and his wife were traveling through Tennessee from Nebraska. They thought they would escaped the big freeze.

"We are on our way to Daytona Beach for the race this weekend," said Steinkruger.

However the freezing rain and sleet moved in overnight, icing them inside their hotel.

"We were planning on leaving this morning but we decided with the road conditions as they were, we might stay one more day," said Steinkruger.

The layers of ice piled on top of the snow made it difficult for kids to get out and play, but that did not stop them from trying.

"We've been playing in the snow with four-wheelers and pulling our kids in the sled," Steve Carroll said.

The city of Dyersburg opened a warming center at the local Union Mission until Friday for those looking to get out of the cold.

Salt trucks treated the roads and emergency personnel were on standby for any weather related incidents.

Meanwhile, snow plows worked to send Old Man Winter packing back down the road

"I think they tried to be prepared, but it hit a little quicker than they thought," Carroll said.

Mark Grant, Dyersburg Emergency Operations Director, announced school will be closed Tuesday, February 17 due to inclement weather for students at Dyer County and Dyersburg City schools.

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