Power Poles Snap, Trees Sag in Tennessee Ice Storm

PHOTO: The weight of the ice accumulating on trees across Monterey, Tenn. caused many roads to become impassable.PlayPutnam Co. EMS
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A major winter storm delivered a devastating amount of accumulating ice to parts of Putnam County, Tennessee, early Saturday morning.

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PHOTO: Significant icing across Monterey, Tenn. snapped power lines blocking roads in the area. Putnam Co. EMS
Significant icing across Monterey, Tenn. snapped power lines blocking roads in the area.

The town of Monterey, Tennessee, was hit particularly hard, with up to one inch of ice accumulating on roads, trees and power lines from an extended period of freezing rain falling throughout the region.

The weight of the ice left trees sagging and blocking roads, and ice even snapped some power lines in half.

PHOTO: Significant icing across Monterey, Tenn. weighed down trees and snapped power lines blocking roads in the area. Putnam Co. EMS
Significant icing across Monterey, Tenn. weighed down trees and snapped power lines blocking roads in the area.

At one point Saturday morning, the entire town of Monterey was without power.

Milder air was moving into the area, with rain in the forecast for Saturday night. However another blast of Arctic air will be moving in later Sunday evening, giving power companies a small window of time before temperatures plummet into the teens Sunday night.

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