Road crews tackle highways, racing against time and falling temperatures

Nipper's Corner (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – State road crews are salting and plowing interstate highways across Middle Tennessee as temperatures drop into the teens in most areas.

After rush hour tonight, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will stop treating roads.

TDOT spokesperson Kathryn Schulte says, “The temperatures will drop so low that salt, even with calcium choloride, will be ineffective.

“Even if roads look clear, there are likely slick patches,” says Schulte. “All remaining moisture on the roads will freeze overnight, so drivers are advised to stay home tonight if possible.”

Crews will return Wednesday after sunrise, but temperatures are expected to remain extremely cold.

According to TDOT, the interstates across Middle Tennessee are clear and wet, or drying.

The following counties have state roads with patches of snow and ice:

  • Macon, Smith, Sumner, Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart and Robertson

Some areas have seen impressive amounts of snow. Emergency managers, police and road crews report these snow totals

  • Trigg County: 7 inches
  • Hopkinsville:  7.3 inches
  • Christian County: 5 inches
  • Scottsville: 4 inches
  • Paris:  7 inches
  • Dover: 7 inches of snow
  • Stewart County: 6 inches
  • Clarksville: 4 inches
  • Robertson County: 3 inches
  • Portland: 2 inches
  • Nashville 3 inches
  • Smyrna  3 inches
  • Franklin 2.5 inches
  • Brentwood  2.5 inches
  • Columbia:  2 inches
  • Lawrenceburg: 2 inches
  • Manchester: 1.5 inches
  • Camden: 3 inches
  • Dickson: 2 inches
  • Humphreys County: 3 inches
  • Wilson County: 1 inch
  • Hickman County: 1 inch

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is advising drivers to stay slow and steady on the interstates. Many counties are concerned about icing after dark, especially on rural roads.

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