Winter weather causing traffic jams and accidents in eastern United States

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Traffic is becoming troublesome and authorities are warning drivers not to use the roads Thursday as winter weather dumps snow in the south-central and Appalachians.

Winter weather warnings and advisories are currently in effect for Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and the central states of the ‘Atlantic to Maine.

Up to eight inches of snow is currently expected to drop in Kentucky through Friday morning, while parts of West Virginia could see up to a foot at noon tomorrow.

WINTER THUNDERSTORMS FORECAST OVER MANY OF US

More than a dozen vehicles and trucks have already slipped off Interstate-55 in southeast Missouri, state highway patrol told KFVS.

In Kentucky, accidents are being reported along I-75 outside of Lexington, according to WKYT.

Closures are also reported along parts of I-65 and I-40 in Tennessee.

“Severe winter conditions should produce dangerous trips in the south-central and Appalachians, as the humidity exceeds a strong cold front,” warns the National Weather Service.

“This front will move eastward this evening, bringing several inches of snow and likely impacts on movements from the mid-Atlantic to the northeast,” he added. “A storm in the northwest will produce areas of flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt, as well as several feet of mountain snow.”

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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