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Back country roads were a sheet of ice in W. Tenn.

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Thursday's rain and cool temperatures turned dangerous for some, closing schools in parts of West Tennessee.

Driving on major highways and interstates is one thing, but navigating the state's back roads is a different story. What people found Thursday morning when they got out on the less traveled roads was a solid sheet of ice.

"We began our assessment of the roads around 4 a.m. with the transportation supervisor and the sheriff's office," said Lauderdale County Schools Superintendent Shawn Kimble.

Along Dry Hill Road in rural Lauderdale County, ice and slush stayed on the roads most of the day.

Lauderdale County Superintendent Shawn Kimble took pictures of his early drive. The pictures show solid sheets of ice on many country roads.

"The majority of our kids live here on these rural roads and so we knew this morning that the best thing we could do is keep as many of them off the streets as possible," Kimble explained.

Many trees were also iced over as the rain fell and temps dropped.

Students are now waiting and wanting warmer weather.

"I wanna ride my horse this summer. It's too cold to ride now," said Ava Beavers.

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