February 13, 2014
‘Solid sheet of
A sheet of ice and some snow on highways in Marshall County caused only minimal problems Tuesday morning.
David Cook, with the sheriff’s department, said trucks were having traveling troubles on Highway 78.
“Eighteen-wheelers are getting stuck on the ice on the hills on 78,” he said about 9 a.m. Tuesday. “Highway 78 is a solid sheet of ice.”
Cook said a portion of west-bound 78 was shut down for about an hour.
“We were trying to get about eight to ten 18-wheelers up the hill between Potts Camp and Lake Center,” he said.
There were also problems on the east side of 78 with the truck traffic.
“We have not had a lot of accidents so far,” Cook said. “Now that it’s daylight, people can tell the roads are completely iced over.”
Kenny Holbrook, fire chief in Holly Springs, said Tuesday morning about 8:30 that his department had received no calls based on the weather.
“Drivers have been spinning off into the median, but we have not gotten any calls,” he said.
“If you go slow, you can get around pretty good. Going fast gets you in trouble.
“I understand that back toward Potts Camp, it’s pretty tough (on Highway 78).”
The city and parts of the county also received some snow and ice Saturday morning of last week.
“We were running to wrecks all over the place then,” Holbrook said about the February 8 conditions.
He said Highway 72 in the northern portion of the county was “pretty slick.” An 18-wheeler wrecked in the Slayden area, according to Holbrook.
He said there were “no major injuries” in any of the Saturday accidents.
City, county and state road crews were busy Tuesday morning, working to make the roads as safe as possible.
All schools in Marshall County were closed Tuesday.
Some sunshine and blue skies were welcomed later Tuesday morning, with the possibility of more snow Wednesday.
“We’re in a deep freeze,” Holbrook said Tuesday.
The long-range forecast is looking much better – with temperatures expected to reach the 50s and 60s Saturday and Sunday.
“Maybe we will start warming up soon,” Holbrook said.
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