Middle TN, Southern KY Waking Up To Snow, Ice

Posted at 5:09 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:58:03-05

The icy conditions created treacherous travel across most of southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee where up to 3 inches of snow fell.

A Winter Storm Warning was issued during the early morning hours Wednesday.

No matter where they were, drivers first had to pick through the layer of ice on their vehicles. 

Residents in southern Kentucky, particularly the Hopkinsville area, woke up to white, fluffy snow.

NewsChannel 5 This Morning co-anchor Amy Watson spoke with Kyle Spurlin with Hopkinsville Police who said most of the main roadways are still passable – at this time. 

“Luckily it hasn’t snowed enough and isn’t deep enough to have made it where you can’t pass through,” he said. 

Further south, NewsChannel 5 reporter Matthew Torres previewed the city's newly-opened salt shed. About 8,000 tons of salt was ready for 30 trucks working to treat roadways. 

Snow fell in Montgomery County throughout most of the morning. 


The snow is blinding. We're seeing heavy snowfall in Clarksville again.

Posted by NC5_MatthewTorres on Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Drivers on Interstate 24 in Clarksville were deceived multiple times on Wednesday by roads that seemed clear.

Two truck drivers had to be assisted by TDOT crews after getting stuck on an off ramp which had to be closed for the better part of an hour.

"Once you stop, it's over," said Julian Mejia whose 18-wheeler became stuck on a large patch of ice.

In Metro Nashville, snow and sleet began falling around 4 a.m. Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation spent most of Tuesday treating the roads to prevent freezing.

However, side streets and sidewalks that haven’t been treated with salt or brine could get slick.

Road crews felt a little differently. "Just been trying to keep up," TDOT driver James Harper said. "We have had break downs, just have to get them back up. Now we're back at it."

TDOT trucks refill once they're salt and brine stock hits the halfway point to help keep weight on the trucks.

Most school systems in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky closed for the day. (See full list of closings on our Snow Watch page)

The wintry weather could cause hazardous conditions for the morning commute. Drivers should use extreme caution.