Most major Mid-South roadways now driveable - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Most major Mid-South roadways now driveable

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Up to one foot of snow fell in parts of the Mid-South between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Most major roadways are now driveable, after the afternoon sun melted heavy snow and ice.

Hundreds of accidents, mostly cars in ditches, were reported throughout the area in the last 24 hours. No major injuries were reported.

Hazardous winter weather conditions on I-40 between Jackson and Memphis brought traffic to a standstill Sunday morning.

The view from Chopper 5 showed long lines of vehicles stopped along many parts of the roadway, including the stretch between mile markers 56 and 68.

Action News 5 viewers reported being stranded for up eight hours on the highway.

"It just completely stopped the interstate," one motorist said. "I didn't move for nine hours."

As the snow fell, it quickly accumulated on cars stopped along the interstate.

Motorists said the heavy traffic prevented snowplows from moving through, adding to the hazardous conditions.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Jeremy Heidt said the Tennessee Highway Patrol performed wellness checks on motorists stranded in their cars in the cold. And The Red Cross was on standby to help.

Tipton, Fayette and Lauderdale Counties still have their inclement weather policy in effect.  If there are no injuries, authorities ask that motorists exahange information and call police or sheriff's officials later. 

In Tipton County, Highways 51, 14 and 59 are fairly clear and very driveable.  Most side roads, however, are still treacherous. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has set up their SWAT team in the Tipton County Sheriff's department parking lot to better respond to medical or weather emergencies outside of Tipton County.
In Fayette County, Highways 59 and 64 are clear and driveable, but sideroads are not. 
And in Lauderdale county, Sheriff Steve Sanders says there is one foot of snow in many areas. Again, most major highways are driveable, but sideroads remain messy. 

Stay with Action News 5 and for the latest weather updates, including closings and delays. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol EMERGENCY Contact information:

Statewide via Mobile Phone: *THP (*847) for Highway Emergencies  to connect to the THP District Headquarters  nearest you at the time of your call.

Or Contact Your District THP Headquarters
District 1, Knoxville: (865) 594-5793
District 2, Chattanooga: (423) 634-6898
District 3, Nashville: (615) 741-3181
District 4, Memphis: (901) 543-6256
District 5, Fall Branch: (423) 348-6144
District 6, Cookeville: (931) 528-8496
District 7, Lawrenceburg: (931) 766-1425
District 8, Jackson: (731) 423-6635


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