FEBRUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:18 a.m. CST, updated at 8:05 a.m. CST
MARION, AR - For the second consecutive morning, freezing rain and sleet are causing problems in the southern counties of Region 8.
Schools are closed today in the Forrest City, Marion, Wynne, Turrell, Earle and West Memphis districts, and police are responding to several accidents in Crittenden, Cross and St. Francis counties. The Marion-West Memphis area appears to be the hardest hit, where at least two overturned tractor-trailer rigs are among several accidents that police are working in Crittenden County. One private school in Crittenden County, West Memphis Christian, is also closed.
Across the river in the Memphis area, the situation appears to be even worse, particularly in the Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington areas. Sources in Memphis say the I-40 Hernando DeSoto bridge spanning the Mississippi River is temporarily closed, and the westbound lanes of the old I-55 bridge is also closed for the time-being.
Freezing rain has also been reported this morning in south Jonesboro, Harrisburg and as far north as Pocahontas, though little to no accumulation has been reported in these areas.