Snow wreaks havoc on roadways

Snow wreaks havoc on roadways

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Cold temperatures and snow across East Tennessee and Kentucky created hazardous driving conditions, stranding hundreds of motorists and closing a number of schools.

Icy roads conditions, especially in higher elevations, were to blame for a number of accidents, some shutting down interstates in multiple counties across our viewing area.

An accident involving multiple cars, possibly as many as 20 vehicles, backed up roads at the intersection of Emory Road and Maynardville Highway.

And I-75 northbound traffic was temporarily diverted as an incident there blocked all lanes of traffic near mile marker 113.

In Fentress County, officials say more than 100 cars were stranded because of slick road conditions there.

In Roane County, officials were at one time reporting 6 separate accidents along I-40.

In Greene County, one lane of I-81 was blocked by an overturned vehicle.

The Red Cross opened two shelters because of the weather - one at Caryville Elementary School in Campbell County and another at Roane State Community College - for stranded and delayed motorists.

A number of school districts canceled school for Tuesday. A complete and up-to-date list of closings can be found here.


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