Abby and Marcus Van Every along with their Golden Retrier "Scout" watch son Vance push brothers Eaton and Jordan down the snowy slope at Conger Park in Hernando on Friday. The area received between one to inches of snow and ice.

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The first winter storm of the season caused traffic tie-ups and the cancellations of school for public, private and parochial schools across DeSoto County and the Mid-South.

With a day off from school and many businesses closed, parents and children alike took to the "slopes" of neighborhood parks and hillsides to enjoy "free-style" sledding before the snow and ice melted away.

City halls across DeSoto County were closed due to the inclement weather, which included snow and ice on area roadways. Approximately one to two inches of the white stuff dusted roads and bridges.

"Due to unsafe road hazards and conditions, the City of Hernando offices will be closed until further notice," said Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson. "Emergency personnel will be working regular shifts to keep people safe."

Stranded motorists and people who need assistance should contact police emergency dispatch at 662-429-9096.

"Right now, the roads seem to be clearing up," said Chief Deputy Macon Moore with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department. "There are still spots which are pretty treacherous."

Moore said it's his understanding that the Tennessee State Department of Transportation treated roads and interstate highways with de-icing materials on Thursday night but that MDOT did not.

"I think we've got a handle on it now," added Moore, saying that local road crews and sheriff's deputies were out monitoring road conditions.

Friday morning was bedlam, according to Moore.

"We worked accident after accident all morning long," Moore said. "My advice to people is to stay home unless they absolutely have to get out."

Garbage pickup in unincorporated areas of DeSoto County along with the county rubbish pit at Sandidge and Railroad Avenue were affected by the storm.

"Due to the snow and ice, there has been a disruption to Friday's garbage routes," said Ray Laughter, Director of Environmental Services and Parks for DeSoto County. "We encourage all citizens who have Friday garbage service to leave their carts by the curb. Please don't move the cart until garbage has been picked up. They will be serviced over the weekend."

Traffic was slow going early Friday with several disabled vehicles near the rest area along Interstate 55.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department closed U.S. Hwy. 51 from Commerce Street to Pleasant Hill Road due to road conditions.

In Olive Branch, the city's new trash collector, Waste Connections of Tennessee, attempted to run its Friday route, but declared it too dangerous for the workers and others to keep trying to collect garbage. Waste Connections plans to work over the weekend, or today and on Sunday to catch up. Residents were asked to keep their garbage cans on the roadside until such time as garbage has been collected.

"Our streets are extremely dangerous and icy," Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips said Friday morning. "We have trucks out attempting to put sand and salt down where it's needed, but we advise not traveling unless needed. Our city offices and municipal court are closed today."

Staff writers Henry Bailey and Bob Bakken contributed to this story.

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