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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (`) – A winter storm covered parts of the south in snow, freezing rain, and sleet Thursday, connecting roads in Tennessee and Kentucky as the system tracked a path through the Appalachians towards the mid-Atlantic and northeast.

Nashville saw record snowfall of 6.3 inches (16 inches) Thursday, breaking the city’s previous one-day record of 10 inches (10 inches) since 1977, the National Weather Service said. Freezing rain and sleet covered areas around the Tennessee-Alabama state border, said Scott Unger, a meteorologist for the Nashville service.

Authorities urged people to travel only when necessary as Metro Nashville police reported accidents and other driving problems that slowed and slowed several streets. By early afternoon, police in the city reported dozens of wrecks on the road. A host of accidents and other problems created bottlenecks for drivers on several highways in the region.

Along the Kentucky border, Montgomery County, Tennessee, authorities have also been involved in dozens of accidents, including a wreck that killed a person in a utility vehicle on Interstate 24, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller.

Tennessee Department of Transportation regional spokeswoman Rebekah Hammonds tweeted Thursday that the agency “is clearing as much as possible, but the problems will persist as the snow continues to fall and temperatures plummet.”

With temperatures expected to drop overnight, everything on the ground will freeze on Friday, creating treacherous road conditions, Unger said.

Schools in the Tennessee area canceled classes and governments temporarily closed their buildings as far west as Memphis and Shelby Counties saw a dose of ice and snow. Governor Bill Lee closed state offices across Tennessee. Nashville and Memphis both saw their share of canceled flights at their airports.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear warned that the snow that hit his state was “both real and dangerous,” with hundreds of car accidents across the state. Some areas had already gained more than half a foot by early afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ron Steve. Beshear declared a state of emergency and said he had dispatched Kentucky National Guard teams to help with the response, particularly interstate lockdowns. Search and rescue teams have been activated to perform security checks on stranded motorists.

The largest snowfall so far was 18 to 20 centimeters around Elizabethtown. Lexington was 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 centimeters), Steve said. It was about eight centimeters in western Kentucky and the snowfall was easing.

In Elizabethtown, officials said a cluster of 20 to 30 cars in snowy conditions closed both lanes of the Western Kentucky Parkway Thursday afternoon. And both lanes of US Route 25 in southern Kentucky have been temporarily blocked in several accidents, state police said.

Kentucky transportation officials said the snow was falling so quickly that by the time they finished plowing a few routes it was covered with snow again.

First lady Jill Biden, meanwhile, had to cancel her trip scheduled for Thursday to see damage from last month’s tornado in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The storm was an expected boon for the West Virginia ski industry, where up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow was predicted. Three of the state’s four major downhill ski areas had ceased piste operations earlier this week due to warmer conditions. Now the activity picked up again.

“West Virginia can’t wait to welcome travelers to our snow-capped mountains this winter,” said Chelsea Ruby, secretary for the state’s Department of Tourism.

The storm’s path could be another headache as it swirls through the mid-Atlantic and northeast.

Virginia worked hard to both prepare for the expected snow and mitigate the effects of a winter storm that stranded hundreds of drivers on Interstate 95 earlier this week.

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and sought additional help from the Virginia National Guard.

The Washington and Baltimore areas, parts of central and southern Maryland, and parts of Northern Virginia should expect 5 to 10 centimeters (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow Thursday through Friday morning, with the occasional heavy snowfall of up to 15 centimeters. the National Weather Service said.

Massachusetts had adjusted to eight inches or more from the first snow storm in 2022, and as a precaution, many state employees were told to stay home on Friday. Governor Charlie Baker said non-emergency state officials from the executive branch were urged to stay off the streets and work from home. Baker also urged local residents to either work from home or use public transportation so that the highways are traffic-free and easy to clear.

From late Thursday to Friday afternoon, 4 to 7 inches of snow were expected in parts of central and southern New Hampshire and south-central and southwest Maine, according to the weather service. The highest amounts are expected along the coast. The most consistent snow is expected during the morning commute on Friday before it subsides.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, the Great Lakes-fueled snow fell on Thursday in the western part of the state and Upper Peninsula for a second straight day, with some communities reporting remarkable amounts and bracing themselves for even more until Friday.

Ishpeming recorded 58 centimeters in one location while many other areas in the upper peninsula were a foot or more, the National Weather Service said.

In North Dakota, dangerously cold weather was the greatest risk on Thursday. The cold temperatures in the state drove the wind chill readings in Bowbells, the county seat of Burke County in northwest North Dakota, to minus 59 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, Mandan was minus 45 and Bismarck was 41 below zero.

Associated Press Writer John Raby of Charleston, West Virginia; Adrian Sainz of Memphis, Tennessee; Beth Campbell in Louisville, Kentucky; Bill Kole in Boston; Ed White of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Sarah Rankin of Richmond, Virginia; contributed to this report.

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