Tuesday updates: Vaccine sites closed Wednesday, Memphis mayor signs emergency declaration

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A major winter storm blanketed the Mid-South with several inches of snow Sunday night and Monday, and before we have time to dig out another winter blast will be here before we know it. Wednesday and Thursday are First Alert Weather Days.

See the latest updates from the WMC Action News 5 newsroom below: (refresh this page often for updates)

7:38 p.m. -- The Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office and all Division of Criminal Courts are closed until Monday, Feb. 22.

7 p.m. -- The City of Memphis will operate with essential personnel only Wednesday until further notice. Memphis Parks, Memphis Animal Shelter, Libraries, Community Centers (excluding warming centers), Code Enforcement, Permits Office, City treasury, Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, 311 and 211 will be closed.

Public Works crews are working 16-hour shifts running snow plows and sand trucks. Snow and ice operations will continue for at least the next 72 hours.

More plowing on White Station Rd. near Sam Cooper Blvd:

Posted by City of Memphis on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Three warming centers are open. Call (901) 297-1680 if you need a ride.

  • Hollywood Community Center -- 1560 N. Hollywood
  • Ruth Tate Senior Center -- 1620 Marjorie St.
  • Lewis Senior Center -- 1188 N. Parkway

6:31 p.m. -- The Mid-South Food Bank will remain closed Wednesday.

6:26 p.m. -- The City of Memphis’ third warming center is opening at Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway, at 7 p.m.

6:07 p.m. -- Graceland will remain closed Wednesday.

5:54 p.m. -- General Sessions Civil Court is closed Wednesday.

5:51 p.m. -- MATA fixed-rout bus service will run between 5:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, but only on Routes 11, 28, 32, 42 and 50. MATAplus will operate between 5 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. but only for life-sustaining trips (including dialysis) for customers with reservations. The William Hudson, Airways and American Way Transit Centers will remain open during service times only between 5:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. The Main Street, Riverfront and Madison Trolley lines will not operate.

5:28 p.m. -- Due to a burst pipe, the Frayser-Raleigh warming center will not open today.

4:46 p.m. -- State offices in west and middle Tennessee are closed Wednesday because of hazardous weather and travel conditions.

4:20 p.m. -- The City of Memphis is opening a third warming center at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Frayser Raleigh Senior Center, 3985 Egypt Central Rd. It will remain open 24 hours until further notice. The Hollywood and Ruth Tate locations also remain open until further notice. If you need a ride to the warming center via MATA, call OEM at (901) 297-1680.

4:20 p.m. -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South is open to essential personnel only Wednesday.

4:12 p.m. -- Flights are arriving and department Memphis International Airport. Passenger traffic picked up Tuesday but a spokesperson says they continue to see volatility with scheduling. Some airlines have already started canceling flights for Wednesday. Check your flight status here.

4:08 p.m. -- Shelby County Health Department has closed all five COVID-19 vaccine locations through Saturday because of inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions. All appointments are being rescheduled for a later date.

4 p.m. -- DeSoto County’s COVID-19 vaccine location at the Landers Center is closed Wednesday.

3:50 p.m. -- WMC’s Kelli Cook reports a mostly clear Highway 64 in Lakeland, but city leaders are gearing up for another round overnight.

3:15 p.m. -- MLGW is reporting 94 customers without power Tuesday afternoon. Entergy Mississippi reports 393 customers without power in Coahoma County; 4,089 in DeSoto County; four in Panola County; one in Tate County; and 671 in Tunica County. Entergy Arkansas reports 272 customers without power in Crittenden County; 31 in Lee County; one in Mississippi County; six in Phillips County; and one in Poinsett County.

3:03 p.m. -- A water leak near Poplar and Houston levee is repaired, but the road will be slick for a while. The road is salted but drivers are asked to avoid the area.

2:46 p.m. -- Shelby County Chancery Court is closed Wednesday.

2:25 p.m. -- Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports two weather-related deaths in Shelby County. Over the weekend, a 10-year-old boy died after falling through an icy pond in Millington. No information on the second death has been released.

2:21 p.m. -- Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has signed an emergency declaration due to the severe weather. The declaration allows the city to seek federal and state funding to help with the storm response. It also allows for the purchase of equipment and supplies needed for emergency management purposes.

2:14 p.m. -- All Cash Saver stores in the Mid-South are closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

1:31 p.m. -- Collierville’s sanitation collection is delayed by one week. Collection begins Feb. 22.

12:49 p.m. -- Memphis Botanic Garden is closed through Thursday.

12:47 p.m. -- Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation is asking members to immediately limit electricity usage for the next 24 hours to avoid service disruptions. Other Mid-South power companies issued similar pleas Monday as other states experienced rolling blackouts because of the winter storm’s strain on the power grid.

12 p.m. -- Memphis Zoo is closed through Friday.

11:39 a.m. -- All Mid-South Kroger stores are closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

11:16 a.m. -- All COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Memphis VA Medical Center are postponed. The medical center will contact veterans with appointments to reschedule.

11:05 a.m. -- Schools are already closing or going virtual for Wednesday. See a complete list here.

10:41 a.m. -- WMC’s Arianna Poindexter found crews working on a water main break on Union in downtown Memphis. According to MLGW, they’re working to pinpoint the leak and shut off the water to make repairs.

WMC's Arianna Poindexter found crews working on a possible water main break in downtown Memphis on Union Feb. 16, 2021.
WMC's Arianna Poindexter found crews working on a possible water main break in downtown Memphis on Union Feb. 16, 2021. (Source: WMC)

10:05 a.m. -- The Mid-South Food Bank is closed Tuesday.

9:52 a.m. -- FedEx Express reports substantial disruptions at the Memphis hub and potential delays with deliveries across the U.S. Check the status of shipments here.

9:24 a.m. -- Oxford Mayor Robin Tannehill says bridges are still icy. City and highway workers continue clearing roads.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work‼️ Road Condition Update Overnight we have seen a reduction in ice on most roads. The...

Posted by Robyn Tannehill for Mayor of Oxford on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

9:23 a.m. -- Regional One Health closed all primary care office and outpatient clinics until further notice.

9:08 a.m. -- Cross County reports improving conditions on some highways but hazardous, slick and snowy conditions on most county roads and city streets.

8:35 a.m. -- USPS is temporarily suspending retail and delivery services in some Mississippi zip codes.

8:23 a.m. -- The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s inclement weather policy is in effect. If you’re in a minor accident and no wreckers are needed, exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information and tag numbers. Then arrange a time to meet at the Sheriff’s Office substation in Arlington. Crash reports must be filed within 10 working days. Call (901) 379-7625 if you have questions about whether the crash meets the criteria. Call 911 for emergencies.

8:20 a.m. -- MATA is suspending service on all modes (bus, trolley and MATAplus) at 10 a.m. Tuesday. MATAplus transportation will continue essential service for dialysis patients and to warming centers.

8:14 a.m. -- The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s offices are closed Tuesday.

8:12 a.m. -- Memphis City Council meetings are postponed until next Tuesday, Feb. 23.

7:50 a.m. -- MLGW reports 542 customers without power.

7:30 a.m. -- Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves asks people to stay home and check on their neighbors. He says roads are even worse Tuesday because of record-breaking low temperatures overnight.

7:35 a.m. -- The Shelby County Health Department says there will not be a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday because of winter weather. Vaccination sites are closed Tuesday and a decision about Wednesday appointments will be announced by 2 p.m.

7 a.m. -- Collierville police report main roads are passable but secondary and residential roads are covered in snow.

- Collierville Roadway Update As of 7:00 am, the main roadways in Collierville are passable. However, secondary &...

Posted by Collierville Police Department on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

7:01 a.m. -- Shelby County General Sessions Criminal Courts is closed Tuesday.

6:47 a.m. -- Several Methodist Medical Group clinics are closed Tuesday. Call if you have an appointment to verify the location is still open.

6:05 a.m. -- Oxford police report icy bridges. Most highways have a designated clear lane within the city as does Molly Barr Road and Jackson Avenue.

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