Crews combat icy roads across Middle Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews spent much of the day combating problem areas before ice and the first snow of the season arrived in the Nashville area Friday afternoon.

Bridges and overpasses iced over first. Some major highways also experienced significant problems and crashes throughout the day.

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation was out salting major thoroughfares for hours ahead of the snow. Crews will continue to be on the roads all day and night. Click here to view the TDOT SmartWay map. 

“Here in Nashville we started salting around 5 a.m. We weren’t able to pre-treat the roads with brine because of all of the rain ahead of the system. What we wanted to do was get out there before it started freezing and kind of do makeshift brine,” a TDOT spokesperson said. “What we do not like is ice. Once the ice sets in and it gets really cold, there’s not much we can do about it.”

TDOT says anyone who does not have to be out on the roads should not be. These  dangerous conditions are expected to continue through the night as temperatures will also drop into the teens.

After the roads iced over early to late Friday afternoon, the snow storm slowly drifted from west to east, hitting Nashville around 3:30 p.m.

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