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Winter Storm Hunter Prompts State of Emergency; Large Pileup Closes Interstate 40 in Western Tennessee

I-40 in western Tennessee was closed Friday afternoon because of a large ... According to data compiled by, more than 25,000 homes and businesses were in the dark statewide Friday afternoon. In the Northeast, a combination of wind, wet ...

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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticleFlooding From Winter Storm Hunter's Rainy Side Forces Vermont Residents From Homes; 1 Dead in West VirginiaNewsThousands Without Power As Winter Storm Hunter Clobbers Northeast, New EnglandBy Sean Breslin2 days agoweather.com01:16Interstate Shut Down by Pileup in TennesseeSnow and Ice from Winter Storm Hunter caused a chain reaction accident on I-40 in Tennessee, between Jackson and Nashville.At a GlanceWinter Storm Hunter swept into the Northeast and New England Saturday, causing travel problems and knocking out power.I-40 in western Tennessee was closed Friday afternoon because of a large pileup.Schools and businesses were closed for many districts and cities from the South up to Michigan. Thousands were without power Saturday as Winter Storm Hunter clobbered the Northeast and New England with up to 16 inches of snow falling in some areas of New York. According to, more than 10,000 residents were without power in New Jersey Saturday morning, while nearly 7,000 remained without power in Massachusetts.  Ten hikers were rescued overnight after becoming trapped by two swollen creeks in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, the Associated Press reportsNo injuries were reported. On Friday, a large pileup closed Interstate 40 in western TennesseeSeveral hundred drivers remained trapped on the highway, some for up to seven hours, AP reportsThe highway was finally cleared by 2 a.mSaturday. Social media posts showed a lengthy line of damaged vehicles, including many semi trucks, near mile marker 120 in the eastbound lanesNo injuries or deaths were reported. Meanwhile, treacherous travel conditions prompted the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to declare a state of emergency FridayThe agency asked residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.  Wintry precipitation fell as far south as Louisiana and Mississippi Friday morning, and in northern Alabama, schools and government offices were closed as officials asked residents to stay off the roadsNorth of Shreveport, Louisiana, Interstate 49 was closed in both directions for several hours Friday morningThe closure impacted a stretch of the roadway all the way to Mira, not far from the Arkansas border. Later in the day, southbound Interstate 55 in Tate County, Mississippi, was temporarily closed after a tractor-trailer overturned on the icy roadNo injuries were reported.  Parts of Arkansas and western Tennessee also reported wintry conditions on roadways Friday morning, making travel hazardousInterstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas were temporarily closed Friday morning after many drivers lost control of their vehicles on the icy roadways, according to the Associated Press. Memphis police said they responded to more than 100 crashes Friday. Snow measuring 22.3 inches was reported in Bellevue, Ohio.  (MORE: Get the Latest Forecast for Winter Storm Hunter) Nashville bridges iced over rapidly in the morning hours, and authorities urged residents to stay homeKentucky's legislative session was called off Friday, the AP also reportedIn Paducah, Kentucky, truck stop employee Paige Harville told the AP she had a slow drive Friday morning and couldn't take back roads because they were covered in sleet. "It was pretty slick," she told the AP"I had to drive pretty slow." Further north, schools in Indianapolis and other Indiana cities were canceled Friday with half a foot of snow or more expected in parts of the stateTravel advisories were issued for much of southern Indiana, the AP reported. Icy roads caused an increase in crashes Friday morning in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, and several counties canceled schoolAccording to data compiled by, more than 25,000 homes and businesses were in the dark statewide Friday afternoon. 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