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Black ice plaguing morning travel for many

Staff Report • Jan 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Black ice has blanketed roadways in much of the region, predominantly in the Gray and Kingsport areas this morning.

Authorities have dispatched salt trucks to coat roads.

Dozens of traffic crashes related to the black ice have been reported to authorities. Police are working crashes on several roads, including Old Gray Station Road, Interstate 26 near mile marker 11, Sulphur Springs Road, Highway 93 near the Sullivan County Line and on Highway 81 North near Leesburg Road.

Portions of Old Gray Station Road were closed for much of the morning, but authorities reopened it around 9:40 a.m.

Roads were reportedly closed in the Fall Branch area.

Two wrecks on I-26 near State of Franklin Road exit have also been reported, both apparently involving deer.

The Johnson City Police Department is reporting freezing rain now showing up on North Roan Street and multiple crashes in north end of the city and county, many on I-26.

Authorities are urging motorists to use extreme caution if you have to be out on the roads this morning.

Colder temperatures and snow are expected later today throughout the Northeast Tennessee region. The National Weather Service reports that an arctic cold front moving into the area will change the precipitation from rain and ice to snow late this afternoon and evening.

Moderate to heavy snowfall is expected for the mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Cold temperatures are forecast through Saturday with lows in the teens and lower 20s.

Because of the forecast, the Watauga Historical Association postponed its meeting scheduled for tonight at Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A new date was to be announced.

There are also multiple traffic issues in the Kingsport area. For information on those incidents visit the Kingsport Times-News.

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