Snow showers blanket the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Snow showers blanket the Mid-South

(Submitted by a WMC-TV viewer) (Submitted by a WMC-TV viewer)

A snowstorm that swept across the Mid-South Friday dumped a foot in parts of Middle Tennessee and up to 7 inches in Memphis.

Friday night, numerous traffic accidents kept emergency officials busy as wet roads began icing over as temperatures fell.

In Memphis, the snow kept MLGW crews hard at work repairing power outages in parts of Midtown near East Parkway.

Roads were still snow-covered and icy Saturday morning, and officials warned people to stay off them if at all possible.

On Interstate 40 in West Memphis at the I-55 interchange a pair of tractor trailers jack-knifed, causing a sizeable backup.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported icing on some roads and bridges Friday night but conditions were expected to improve rapidly Saturday as temperatures climbed out of the 20s.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Girodo said Houston County in west Middle Tennessee got the most snow with about 12 inches. Humphreys and Perry counties also were hard-hit with 8 or more inches. All of those counties are along the Tennessee River.

The Nashville metro area received an average of 3 to 4 inches.

Snow could continue over the Cumberland Plateau throughout the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach the mid-30s in West Tennessee, but will struggle to get above freezing in the middle part of the state.      

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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