Widespread dense fog and ice could be to blame for a massive 45-car pileup outside of Nashville Thursday morning.
The 45-car pileup happened northeast of Nashville in the suburb of Hendersonville on the Vietnam Veterans Boulevard around 7:30 a.m. local time.
The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of the parkway which reportedly was covered in dense fog and icy patches.
Multiple injuries were reported and at least one person was killed. Two school buses were involved in the wreck according to WRCB-TV, but no children were hurt.
Widespread dense fog formed throughout the Tennessee Valley this morning.
Observations at nearby Nashville Metropolitan Airport showed visibilities between 1/16 of a mile and zero from 6:49 a.m. to 9 a.m. eastern time.
Temperatures during this time frame were in the upper 20s throughout middle Tennessee which led to reports of freezing fog and icy spots on area roadways.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
While much of central and eastern North America is still locked in a deep freeze, the warmth cascading across the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks has sparked the early flowering of sakura blossoms in the region.
New England (1645)
After mild winter, "There fell so great a snow in several days, the ways were impassable for 3 weeks so the court held not." From New England Weekly Journal.
New England (1732)
"Reckon'd as cold a day as has happened here in the memory of the oldest man among us". From New England Weekly Journal.
Big Snow: Glens Falls, NY - 19" snow Pleasant Mountain, PA - 14" snow Hartford, CT - 12" snow Western Maine - up to 32" of snow Concord, NH - 11" of snow Levanon, NH - 12" of snow Boston, MA - 11" of snow