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Tenn. avoids snowstorm, but ice, winds persist

4:33 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
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By KRISTIN M. HALL / Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Most of Tennessee avoided a heavy impact from the winter snow storm that has blanketed much of the country's midsection, but some parts of the state could still be faced with icy roads and heavy winds as the storm moves north.

Parts of West Tennessee got between an inch and three inches of snow and crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation were out early Wednesday morning to salt and plow bridges and overpasses, said Nichole Lawrence, a TDOT spokeswoman in Jackson. Lawrence said ice accumulation on the roads could start again on Wednesday evening.

In East Tennessee, the passing winter storm is expected to create potentially damaging high winds between 30 and 40 mph in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on Wednesday.

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