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.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Tropical Storm Darby, located over the Central Pacific, is expected to bring locally heavy rain and high surf to the islands this weekend.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
While a vast amount of dry air has dominated and will continue to impact the Atlantic basin over the next few weeks, tropical activity could spark near the west coast of Africa.
New Zealand (1995)
Extreme cold - a bay in Littleton Harbor froze for the first time in "living memory".
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."