What do you get when you mix a thin layer of freezing rain with a dusting of snow? A big mess. The Monday morning commute was terrible around Rutherford County. In fact, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office reports responding to around one-hundred accidents in the three hours between 6am and 9am. Many of those were on I-24 and State Route 840. The heavy rain Sunday night also left some roads flooded and impassable. Around 6:45am Monday, WGNS became flooded with calls and scanner information about wrecks occurring. Multiple crashes on I-24 had the interstate shut down in some locations. Emergency officials in all Rutherford County municipalities requested people stay off the roads.
School systems made a preemptive strike on Sunday and closed for Monday, including county and city schools. Even MTSU cancelled day and evening classes on Monday for the first time since 2010. Classes that year were cancelled for two days between January 28th and 30th.
Among the postponements was the boys sectional games involving two local teams. Blackman at Stone Memorial and Walker Valley at Siegel were moved to Tuesday night at 7pm. WGNS State Farm coverage of the Blaze in Crossville will begin at 6:45, with a tape delay broadcast of the Siegel game to immediately follow.