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The Dyer county sheriff's office says they worked around seven accidents Friday morning when the sleet started to fall. The Dyer county sheriff's office says they worked around seven accidents Friday morning when the sleet started to fall.
But the slushy streets in Dyersburg and Dyer County have not kept some from their normal routine. But the slushy streets in Dyersburg and Dyer County have not kept some from their normal routine.
But some residents braved the conditions earlier in the day because sometimes you just have to get out and get food no matter what the weather is doing. But some residents braved the conditions earlier in the day because sometimes you just have to get out and get food no matter what the weather is doing.
For three-year-old Aiden, life is pretty good no matter the weather. But, for his family, not so much. For three-year-old Aiden, life is pretty good no matter the weather. But, for his family, not so much.

(WMC-TV) - The Dyer county sheriff's office worked around seven accidents Friday morning when the sleet started to fall. Things have quieted down, at least for now, and many hope it stays that way.

Bundled up, Michael White decided to use the frigid night to get on his 4-wheeler and ride around.

"I went to the coffee shop and realized I needed gas so I came to get gas," he said.

Police do not advise driving on ice on at ATV or anything for that matter.

"If they don't need to travel, non emergency gravel, I'd stay off the roads," said Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box.

In fact, many in Dyersburg and rural Dyer County stayed off the roads Friday night.

The slush from earlier turned to ice.

"Definitely go slow ... 'Cause its slick. Really, really slick," said Dyersburg resident Raven Monroe.

While Monroe was out filling her tank, inmates from the Dyer County jail were inside a courtroom prepping for more winter weather.

Sheriff Box is transforming the room into an emergency operations center in case power goes out and the Red Cross needs a place to work.

"We've made a request through EMA to get a 60 kilowatt generator for standby just in case its needed to power a place that may be used as shelter," added Sheriff Box.

All Friday, local Red Cross officials have been working to provide supplies.

"Its blankets, feeding, whatever if the need arises. We're hoping the need doesn't arise," said Bobby Young with the Nashville Area Red Cross.

The Red Cross has also identified local shelter locations should residents' power go out.

"I guess it's a wait and see where there's power, where there's not power, where shelters are needed so we have them spread through the counties," said Dyer County Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Brandy Box.

Many Dyersburg residents just hope the worst is now behind them.

"It needs to go away. I don't like cold at all," said Monroe.

Sheriff Box says one of the worst areas to travel is Highway 412 between Dyersburg and Jackson. In fact, an 18-wheeler went off the road there at the Forked Deer River Friday night.

But some residents braved the conditions earlier in the day because sometimes you just have to get out and get food no matter what the weather is doing.

"Really don't like getting out in it but you gotta do what you gotta do," says Dyersburg resident Joe Travis, Jr.

Travis was determined to get to the store Friday, no matter what.

"Meat section was pretty much gone," he said.

His plan after he drives away from the store?

"Go home, cook as fast as we can before any electricity goes out or whatever," he said.

Travis is like many others here in Dyersburg.

Power outages are a big concern for those in power.

So far, only small, sporadic outages have been reported and luckily no one has been without electricity for long.

For three-year-old Aiden, life is pretty good no matter the weather. But, for his family, not so much.

"Yes I am [trying to get home]. Yes, it's slick out to drive," said Dyersburg resident Loretta Moore.

So while many are ready for this weather to move on, well, others, say it is actually not too bad.

"Man, this is good weather … I like this … Yeah I do. It feels so good, We've been waiting on this for a long time, really," added Dyersburg resident Tim Moore.

Also, the slushy streets in Dyersburg and Dyer County have not kept some from their normal routine.

The end of the week is the day to get beautiful, at least for Dyersburg resident Shirley Smith.

Smith says getting beautiful sometimes requires a chauffeur.

"My husband brought me out here, and we made sure everything was OK," she continues.

Making sure everything is OK is exactly what Dyer County officials want you to do, before you hit the roads here this weekend.

Friday mornings sleet is likely to turn to sheets of ice before Saturday.

Road crews are out keeping the main roads clear, but side roads will be a much different story.

"I hope nobody gets hurt in all of that, but I think it's gonna be OK," says Smith.

Like schools here, many businesses also closed Friday because of the winter weather.

"I'd rather see snow than ice but that's OK," says Finley resident Mary Greer.

Greer is a hairdresser and said driving to work was no problem, because she was not behind the wheel.

"My brother-in-law brought me, so I'll be getting home no matter what," she said.

Officials are advising residents to stay off the roads unless it is an emergency.

The Red Cross is in town to provide extra help, even shelters, should there be a major power outage.

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