Ice snarls morning traffic on some Memphis roads - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ice snarls morning traffic on some Memphis roads

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Icy roadways created traffic headaches for many motorists in Memphis early Tuesday morning.

A light rain that began falling around 6:00am in Memphis iced over many bridges and overpasses, causing traffic problems around the city.

Multi-vehicle accidents stopped traffic on several portions of Highway 385, including Paul Barrett Parkway and Forest Hill Irene. 

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Just after 7:00am, the Memphis Police Department implemented its inclement weather policy.  Motorists involved in accidents causing only minor damage and no injuries should exchange information and file a report at a later time.

Locations across northeast Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel, and northwest Tennessee saw the brunt of the sleet and ice that fell overnight. 

Major schools in Shelby County, including Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, remained open Tuesday. (Click here for a full list of school closings.)

TDOT's SmartWay system cautioned motorists about icy patches on roadways in the West Tennessee counties nearest the Kentucky border, between Memphis and Jackson, and in the Nashville area.

A winter storm warning was in effect until noon Tuesday for northern counties of Tennessee from the Mississippi River to north of Nashville.

A freezing rain advisory was in effect from Memphis through Nashville onto the northern Cumberland Plateau.

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