NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure to get emergency operations under way as the eastern portion of the state continues to see significant icing.
Although ice was beginning to melt in Middle Tennessee by midmorning on Friday, Tennessee Emergency Management Spokesman Jeremy Heidt said the state Highway Patrol was working 20 separate wrecks in the Clarksville area.
Heidt said there were also multiple wrecks in East Tennessee due to ice on the roads. State officials were working with Kentucky to try to stop motorists from traveling into the areas of Tennessee that are the most icy or congested from earlier wrecks.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Department was salting roads to try to melt the ice.
The winter weather system also moved through Kentucky, causing icy roads and school closures in some areas.
Police said there were several accidents in the Elizabethtown area, and the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 were shut down after a 10-vehicle pileup.
In addition, freezing rain caused a number of school systems in central and southern Kentucky to cancel classes.
Other areas, including Metro Louisville, hadn't reported trouble on roadways Friday morning and schools were on a normal schedule.
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