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Wet, Slick Roads Cause Some Problems For Commuters

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I-40 Westbound at Fesslers Lane I-40 Westbound at Fesslers Lane
Vietnam Veterans Blvd exit to Interstate 65 in Davidson County. Vietnam Veterans Blvd exit to Interstate 65 in Davidson County.
Vietnam Veterans Blvd exit to Interstate 65 in Davidson County. Vietnam Veterans Blvd exit to Interstate 65 in Davidson County.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Strong winds, cold temperatures and a mix of rain, sleet and ice have made driving conditions rough in many parts of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Metro Nashville Police Department have been busy with several minor crashes around the metro area.

The west side in Davidson County has been busy, with three crashes between McCrory Lane and Old Hickory Boulevard, two on eastbound lanes and one westbound.

The first happened on eastbound lanes just after noon at mile marker 198 and involved multiple vehicles. It was cleared by 1:20 p.m. Officials responded to a second wreck in eastbound lanes around 2 p.m. at mile marker 196.

The westbound crash was reported at mile marker 194 at 3 p.m. it was expected to be cleared by 4 p.m. One lane was blocked.

In each crash, traffic was delayed as emergency response crews worked to check for injuries and clear the debris.

Another crash was reported on I-40 east of downtown near Fesslers Lane at 1:20 p.m. The crash blocked the inside westbound lane for about 30 minutes.

The ramp from eastbound Vietnam Veterans Boulevard to Interstate 65 was blocked after vehicle got tangled up there around 3:30 p.m. The wreckage was expected to be cleared by 4 p.m.

Further north, sleet started coming down on the streets in Christian County, Kentucky around noon. As time went on, conditions got worse.

Crews from Hopkinsville Pubic Works have been out since early Friday morning, pre-treating the roads. Several plows have already been out on the road moving the slush off to the side.

Officials said it can be difficult for the brine to work in this wet weather, since the mixture is typically washed away before temperatures freeze.

The general manager of Hopkinsville Electric Services said they were preparing for about a third of an inch of ice on trees, which could cause some problems with power lines.

There were no early reports of outages, but crews were on standby as the rain and sleet mix continues and temperatures get lower.

Forecasters called for icy conditions into the evening hours and the rain continued to fall and temperatures dropped.

Officials have advised drivers to learn early and take their time.

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