Due to ice and wrecks, TEMA has gone to a level 3 activation and a state of emergency is in effect as of 9 a.m. this morning.
The TDOT smartway system reports 6 roadway incidents and 69 ice/snow covered highways and 2 extremely hazardous highways.
I-24 Multiple wrecks (approx. 20) in Montgomery Co., one lane is now open. Road is a sheet of ice, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol. Kentucky has been alerted to warn drivers heading south about the icy conditions.
On I-40 in Knoxville, there is heavy freezing rain now.
The Tennessee Departments of Safety and Transportation are working with county first responders to clear wrecks and check on motorists.
For highway emergencies, motorists should call *THP (*847) via mobile phone to be connected to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Headquarters nearest their location.
Icing is moving in to East Tennessee and this morning’s weather forecasts increased the ice accumulations to up to .50-inches. Icy conditions will be prevalent in the higher elevations and on the Cumberland Plateau.
There are currently seven (7) emergency shelters open in parts of East TN. There is no one in those shelters yet.
In the event of a power outages, people should use caution when running portable generators to avoid any buildup of deadly carbon monoxide inside structures. Never run a generator inside your home.