Wednesday updates: Entergy Mississippi warns of additional blackouts, SCS meal distribution rescheduled

Winter weather conditions in Downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - 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)

8:01 p.m. -- Collierville police report helping six individuals in the last hour who slid off the road due to slick road conditions.

7:28 p.m. -- MHP tweeted a picture of a snow-covered road on I-55 at I-269 in DeSoto County.

7:18 p.m. -- TDOT snowplows are at work on 385 in Shelby County.

6:42 p.m. -- The Mid-South Food Bank is closed Thursday.

6:41 p.m. -- MLGW released a statement Wednesday afternoon to clarify the utility is not disconnecting water service. The company says freezing temperatures are causing reduced water pressure across the water distribution system and reduced reservoir levels at several pumping stations. MLGW is also reporting numerous broken water mains. Customers are asked to call 528-4465 to report running water in the street.

5:48 p.m. -- Entergy Arkansas warns of rolling blackouts. They’re asking customers to conserve electricity.

5:44 p.m. -- MATA terminates service immediately due to worsening road conditions.

5:39 p.m. -- Entergy Mississippi is asking all customers to decrease their electrical usage from 5 to 10 p.m. to avoid mandatory forced outages. The utility began rolling blackouts Tuesday night. Outages could last for more than an hour until the power demand is reduced. Limit the use of large appliances and lower the thermostat on heating units. The utility says forced outages decrease the likelihood of widespread outages and long-term damage to the bulk electric system. Click here for more information.

5:34 p.m. -- The Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force briefing is canceled again Thursday. See the updated locations below.

5:15 p.m. -- WMC’s Brandon Richard reports snow coming down hard in Collierville.

5:05 p.m. -- All state offices in west and middle Tennessee are closed Thursday.

5 p.m. -- SCS Nutrition Services rescheduled Thursday’s bulk meal distribution services for Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4:54 p.m. -- WMC’s Kelli Cook reports Bartlett road conditions are deteriorating with new snow.

4:39 p.m. -- All Shelby County Health Department locations are closed Thursday.

3:55 p.m. -- The City of Germantown and Waste Pro are suspending solid waste collection for the remainder of the week. They will resume collection MOnday, Feb. 22 using the regular schedule. All yard waste collection is suspended until March 1.

3:26 p.m. -- A number of courts are closed again Thursday. If you have a hearing scheduled, call to confirm it’s open.

3:21 p.m. -- A Tchulahoma water main break that caused pressure issues at the Memphis International Airport is repaired. Passenger flight schedule is light, according to an airport spokesperson. Crews will continue working into the night to keep runways clear.

3:08 p.m. -- Millington Fire Department reports major roads that were passable earlier are now covered after several hours of steady snow.

2:51 p.m. -- MATA will offer fixed-route bus service Thursday from 5:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. but only 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 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.

2:38 p.m. -- TDOT reports a multi-vehicle crash on I-40 westbound between the Hollywood and Warford exits. Two right westbound lanes and the right shoulder is blocked. Traffic is being impacted.

1:57 p.m. -- Memphis International Airport says water pressure has increased and no bathrooms needed to be closed. MLGW has repaired a water main break. Restaurants remain closed at MEM but some retail stores are open.

1:16 p.m. -- Superlo stores are closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday. They will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.

1:07 p.m. -- Cash Saver stores are closing at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The High Point location is closing at 3 p.m.

12:04 p.m. -- Kroger stores closing at 6 p.m. again Wednesday.

11:58 a.m. -- WMC’s Joyce Peterson reports light snow in Whitehaven and steady traffic on Highway 51 at Elvis Presley. She says the side roads are still treacherous.

11:56 a.m. -- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports snow and ice still impacting roads across west and middle Tennessee and storm-related power outages in several counties. Four weather-related deaths have occurred, including two in Shelby County.

11:15 a.m. -- MGLW reports about 1,300 customers without power.

MLGW power outages as of 11:15 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021
MLGW power outages as of 11:15 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 (Source: MLGW)

10:38 a.m. -- FedEx Express says service disruptions continue because of weather conditions at the Memphis Hub. Delays are possible for deliveries across the U.S. Check the status of your shipments here.

10:34 a.m. -- Wednesday night’s Grizzlies vs. Thunder game at FedExForum will be played without fans because of wither weather conditions. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. and the game will air regionally on Fox Sports Southeast.

10:30 a.m. -- Memphis International Airport reports a loss of water pressure resulting in the closure of most restrooms on the ticketing level. MEM is open with flights arriving and departing though airline schedules are affected by the weather. Check flight

10:19 a.m. -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order to benefit residents who rely on fuel to keep their homes and businesses running during the winter weather. Executive Order 76 ensures an uninterrupted supply of heating fuel by allowing maximum transportation flexibility for the energy sector.

10:13 a.m. -- WMC’s Janeen Gordon reports drivers sliding off of I-240. TDOT cameras show three vehicles on the side of the interstate.

TDOT Smartway cameras show three vehicles off the side of the interstate on I-240 near Mt. Moriah.
TDOT Smartway cameras show three vehicles off the side of the interstate on I-240 near Mt. Moriah. (Source: TDOT Smartway)

10:11 a.m. -- WMC’s Arianna Poindexter reports salt and sand trucks in action in downtown Memphis.

9:12 a.m. -- WMC’s Kelly Roberts reports a light covering of fresh snow this morning over yesterday’s plowed roads.

8:59 a.m. -- The Arkansas Department of Health has closed all offices around the state except in Cross County.

8:57 a.m. -- WMC’s Briseida Holguin reports gray skies in Dyersburg and a dusting of light snow around 4 a.m.

8:30 a.m. -- MLGW offices are closed Wednesday is asking customers to conserve water through Friday.

7:49 a.m. -- Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane reports I-40 and I-260 in good condition. Main roads are in driving condition but police are still urging people to stay home with another round of snow on the way.

7 a.m. -- Collierville police report most main roads are drivable but the melted snow refroze, making it “treacherous to drive.”

Copyright 2021 WMC. All rights reserved.