LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Patches of black ice are possible, even on roads that have been cleared, because of refreezing. We have at least several inches of snow on the ground across East Tennessee. Some roads may be unplowed or untreated, make driving difficult with packed snow and ice.
COVE CREEK, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say Interstate 40 in the North Carolina mountains will remains closed for several hours as crews clean up after a tanker truck overturned near the Tennessee state line.
The Department of Transportation said the tanker wrecked Monday afternoon at mile marker 6 in Haywood County and closed the entire road. Authorities aren't sure they can reopen the interstate before early Tuesday morning.
Officials are recommending anyone wanting to drive through the mountains on I-40 to take Interstate 26 in Asheville west to Johnson City, Tenn., then take Interstate 81 south back to I-40 in Jefferson County, Tenn.
No traffic on I-40 is being allowed past Cocke County in Tennessee or past Exit 20 in North Carolina.
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