MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland declared a state of emergency in the city Tuesday, a day after a severe weather system dumped several inches of snow, and temperatures plunged to bone-chilling lows.
Icy conditions on roads and surfaces threaten public safety and impede emergency vehicles and commerce, the mayor said.
The declaration allows the city to seek federal and state funds.
Temperatures Monday night reached near zero degrees, and the Mid-South received between 2 and 6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Midtown Memphis had 3.5 inches.
Another round of winter weather is expected Wednesday and Thursday. The area will be under a Winter Storm Warning that begins at midnight and ends at 6 p.m. Thursday. That system could bring another 5-7 inches of snow and ice.
“Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” the National Weather Service said.