Local officials, dispatchers and towing companies had their work cut out for them Thursday and Friday as Clarksville-Montgomery County saw 178 traffic incidents, including 121 accidents, due to 6 to 8 inches of snow that fell in mid-northern Tennessee. .
One person died after an accident Thursday morning on Highway 24 near kilometer 16 in Montgomery County. He was later identified as Richard Jackson, 54.
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Jackson was driving a Volvo truck when he exited the right side of the freeway into an overpass pillar, according to a preliminary accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The truck struck the right side of the overpass pillar and became detached from its trailer, the report said.
Jackson was a husband and father of two, a family friend confirmed.
On Thursday night and Friday morning, Clarksville police responded to five other accidents. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office recorded 12 other motorist accidents and assists. Two were injured wrecks, according to MCSO spokeswoman Sandra Brandon.
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All CMCSS schools, Clarksville Christian School, Clarksville Academy and Montgomery County government offices remained closed on Friday due to dangerous winter driving conditions.
The Clarksville Street Department continued to focus on cleaning up city streets, but the roads were still icy and slippery Friday afternoon, officials said.
“The Clarksville Police Department continues to urge the public to minimize travel until the roads are clear,” they added.
Problems were particularly prevalent on I-24 westbound between mile markers 16 and 11.
âWe always encourage those who can stay home to stay home,â Brandon said. “Most of the roads are still covered in snow and ice.”
Highway 76, an interstate connector also known as MLK Parkway North, is a solid patch of ice and authorities advised motorists to avoid the area on Friday, at least until a clearance can take place.
NWS weekend weather report
Clarksville-Montgomery County received 6 to 7 inches of snow, according to National Weather Service forecaster John Cohen.
Cohen said that being mostly sunny on Friday, “there will be a bit of melting.”
But the temperature is expected to drop to 14 degrees on Friday night.
The snow is expected to melt throughout the weekend as Saturday will be cloudy, with a high of nearly 45 degrees.
âThis melting trend will continue for the rest of the weekend as it is going to stay above zero,â Cohen said. It will likely rain on Saturday night and possibly thunderstorms after midnight with a low of 41.
The NWS reports showers and possibly a thunderstorm on Sunday morning and afternoon with a high of 51 degrees.
On Sunday evening, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 23.
Alexis Clark can be reached at [email protected] or 931-217-8519.