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Wintry weather slicks roads, cancels schools

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(KFVS) -

A deep low pressure system moving through the mid-south brought the season's first significant winter weather to much of the region overnight and Tuesday morning.

Heavy wet snow fell overnight over much of southeast Missouri, northwest Tennessee and northeast Arkansas leaving as much as 1 to 3 inches on the ground mainly on grassy surfaces.

During the morning, cold rain began to change to snow over southern Illinois and western Kentucky as well, falling heavily enough to accumulate on roadways and create very slick travel despite surface temperatures just above freezing.

At mid-morning a narrow band of heavy snow with occasional lightning and thunder lingered across southeast Illinois and western Kentucky.  One to three inches of wet snow could collect mainly on grassy surfaces in this area before the precipitation comes to an end around mid-day.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of SE IL and W KY until noon Tuesday.

Hickman County still had trucks out treating highways Tuesday afternoon. Livingston County had several trucks spreading salt in the northern half of the county where some highways became snow covered during an afternoon snow squall. Both counties expect to have all trucks to complete their rounds and be back in by dark.

Overnight temperatures are expected to dip below freezing after midnight. While most potential trouble spots have been treated with salt during the day, there is an opportunity for re-freezing overnight, particularly on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses.

Highway crews will be going to stand-by status after dark, with most of the affected counties keeping a truck loaded and ready to respond quickly should slick spots develop.

Kentucky State Police responded to more than a dozen calls of vehicle crashes since 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fulton County Emergency Management Director Hugh Caldwell reports the intersection of US 51 and KY 94 had several vehicles off the road. He also reports KY 166 approximately 4 miles west of Fulton had several slide-offs. So far, no reports of injuries in Fulton County.

Highway crews treated trouble spots as needed.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet trucks rolled out at 6 a.m., Tuesday, spreading salt in Fulton County with crews in Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, Graves and McCracken counties responding by 7 a.m.

Ballard County had five trucks out spreading salt and the Ballard County Sheriff's Office reported numerous slide-offs and traffic crashes. KY 286 was closed for a time by a crash near the Gage community and has several vehicles off the road. US 51 in Ballard County is clear. However, there were several crashes along US 60 through Ballard County, according to KTC.

Drivers who plan to be on the road overnight are advised to slow down and allow extra stopping distance. Drivers should allow extra travel time and use appropriate caution.  KSP offers these tips:

  • Slow down and take your time
  • Tell others what route you will take and when you plant to arrive.
  • Don't assume that a road treated with salt is safe - there might be slick spots.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent your gas line from freezing and to use to run your engine in case you do get stranded.

Travelers can call click here or call these numbers for road condition information:

  • KY 866-737-3767 OR 511
  • IL 800-452-4368
  • TN 800-342-3258
  • MO 800-222-6400

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Check out some of the snowy sights from across the Heartland in this slideshow!  Send in your winter weather pictures and video to cnews@kfvs12.com.

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