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Snow and ice lead to hectic morning on roads

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The body shops around Chattanooga will be busy this week after dozens of accidents overnight and Monday morning.

As predicted conditions turned icy and dangerous fast.  Roads throughout the Tennessee Valley have turned into a white, icy mess. 

The Chattanooga Police Department tells Channel 3 Eyewitness News that at least 36 traffic accidents were reported since 11:00 p.m. Sunday. These include accidents with and without injuries. Because of the number of accidents and road conditions, police weren't immediately get to all of the accident scenes. Those that were placed on hold were given a complaint number and dispatchers collected basic information over the phone. Those accidents reports and vehicles will be cleared as soon as manpower presents an ability to do so.

Public works trucks are working hard. One salt driver tells Eyewitness News he was called out a little after 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

Snow fall only seemed to get heavier as the night went on.  One Signal Mountain woman headed to a party Downtown said she'd stay with friends before attempting to drive up the mountain last night.

"I slide just a little bit mainly on the back roads but down the mountain was okay so far, the later it gets I'm sure it's going to get worse," says Amber Burchard.

There's a lot of ice on the roads this morning, TDOT is reporting black ice on many bridges, overpasses and ramps.

ALL of the Channel 3 viewing area is now under a Winter Weather Advisory until early Monday morning and until Monday evening for western NC.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the high elevations of the Smoky Mountains and the northern Cumberland Plateau.

You can always count on the experience of the Storm Alert 3 Team to keep you updated as the system develops. We'll update you on air as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and through our iPhone and Droid apps.

The Storm Alert 3 Team's exclusive forecast can also be seen in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and heard on US-101, J-103, 98.1 WLND's Christmas station, plus several other radio stations.

If you have weather pictures, please email them to pix@wrcbtv.com. We may use some of them on the air. 

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