Wintry Mix Makes For A Headaches For Memphis Area Drivers, Busy Day For TDOT Crews

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) -    Early morning sleet Friday made for late morning slush and slick conditions for downtown Memphis drivers.

    "It's ugly, especially down here," Phil Fayne said.

     When the snowfall stopped late Friday morning, several South Main area businesses slowly reopened, even though many stayed home from work.

     "A lot of stuff going on this weekend and I don't want to see it delayed," Bill Stewart said. 

     While more heavily traveled streets improved slightly throughout the day a lot of slippery side streets still remained in places like Midtown neighborhoods.

     "Watch out for other people, don't accelerate too quickly," Katie Hunt said.     

     "Been busy all day; since 2:30 this morning," Dedric Wright with TDOT said.

     In northeast Memphis, on a wall of screens, TDOT crews monitored accidents on interstates and sent first responders to several scenes.

     "Still seeing wrecks, people all over the place," Wright said.

     Going into Saturday, transportation leaders worried about side streets, city roads and interstates refreezing.

     "I think it's going to get worse tonight once traffic slows down," Wright said.

     As of Friday afternoon, TDOT crews dealt with about 20 Memphis area interstate accidents, which they said is about twice as many as a normal winter weather event. 


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