Freezing rain and darkness aren't a good combination. That's how the morning started in Knoxville.
Icy road conditions varied depending on location. Interstate 40's surface switched from icy to wet several times, and that back-and-forth pattern stuck until sunrise.
Once daylight came, freezing rain on highways melted and puddled.
Our news unit drove around town for three hours Friday morning. They noticed ice collecting on the side of the vehicle and on the windshield.
Experts say if you have a good defroster or heater, the windshield will be fine while you're out driving, but the rest of the car could stay a solid sheet of ice.
Many salts trucks were out Friday morning treating the roads, but TDOT says to take it slow and remain cautious while driving.