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Snow all but shuts down travel in southern Middle Tennessee

Pictured is the Coffee County Courthouse in downtown Manchester Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. -- Photo by Josh Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

Travel wasn’t impossible across the Thunder Radio listening area on Monday. But it wasn’t easy.

Heavy snowfall blanketed southern Middle Tennessee Monday – piling up inches of snow on backroads, state highways and interstates at a rate that prevented crews from keeping up.

Dozens of businesses closed altogether or shut down early.

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Crashes on Interstate-24 snarled traffic from Grundy County all the way to Beech Grove and the same happened on Highway 55 Monday afternoon with a jackknifed tractor trailer.

Hazardous conditions on the Interstate led TDOT officials to abandon state highways for a significant period of time to focus attention on the Interstate for much of the day. To make matters worse, Coffee County Highway Department sent a message at about 2 p.m. Monday that they would stop salting and plowing in order to not “waste our salt supply.” Heavy snowfall by Monday afternoon and cold temperatures were making efforts futile.

Road conditions Tuesday morning are expected to be just as treacherous. Officials with Coffee County EMA encourages everyone to “stay home if possible.”

Snow moves out of the area Monday night in to Tuesday morning but now the concern turns to cold temperatures. A wind chill advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service from 11 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Wednesday. Wind Chill (feels like) is expected to dip as low as -15 at times during that period.

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Allen Lendley with Coffee County EMA offered tips on generator safety. Listen below:

Allen Lendley talks about generator safety.

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