State of emergency declared in Tennessee for icy, snowy interstates

Courtesy of Ben Doeden

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency announced a state of emergency in Tennessee on Friday for inclement weather on the interstates.

TEMA is asking drivers to stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary. Nashville's MTA said it will suspend service at 9:15 p.m. on Friday.

TDOT responded to dozens of crashes across roadways with icy conditions. Click here for an interactive look at Tennessee traffic.

TEMA has numerous staging areas across the state including on I-40 in middle Tennessee where a multi-vehicle crash caused closures across Humphreys, Carroll and Henderson counties.

TEMA had already elevated operations to a level four on Friday morning as west Tennessee neighbors woke up to ice and snow.

"A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the western part of the Middle Tennessee region with a Winter Weather Advisory in place for counties from Waynesboro, Tenn., through Nashville, Tenn. to the Cumberland Plateau. Middle Tennessee also had a first winter round with a dramatic temperature drop and some icing. Round two this afternoon brings from 1” to 3” of snow, with higher accumulations along the Kentucky border.

A Winter Weather Advisory is also in place on the western edge of East Tennessee with rain today and snow by this evening. East Tennessee weather forecasters expect up to 1” of snow and a light glaze of ice across most of the region with up to 2” of snow accumulations across higher elevations."

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