Snow Bull: Wintry blast coats the Lakeway Area
A cow endures the Wednesday morning wintry weather in a field off Economy Road in Morristown. The Lakeway Area was hit by a late winter blast, causing Area schools to close.
The winter storm that has affected the Midwest and Ohio Valley struck the Lakeway Area early Wednesday morning leaving varying amounts of snow.
The National Weather Service in Morristown said the city could see up to 2 inches of snow before the system moves out this evening.
Meteorologist Jerry Hevrdeys said Claiborne County could see up to 4 inches, locations above 5,000 feet in Cocke County could see up to a foot, Grainger and Jefferson counties could see up to 2 inches and Hawkins and Hancock counties could see up to 5 inches.
Hevrdeys said while the Lakeway Area will see varying accumulations, upper elevations and mountainous areas are more likely to be affected by the winter storm.
“It should start tapering off by late evening,” Hevrdeys said.
Roads and highways were affected throughout the Lakeway Area as highway departments battled to keep them clear.
There were several reports that Highway 160 in Morristown had some treacherous spots Wednesday morning.
Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation Community Relations Officer of Region 1, said their crews were treating all highways and interstates throughout the area and would continue to do so until the system moves out.
County highway departments also said they will be salting or using a mix on roads throughout the day.
Once the system moves through, area residents can expect yet another change in the weather with highs in the lower 50s expected tomorrow heading into a lovely weekend, according to Hevrdeys.
“There will be decreasing clouds and sunshine by tomorrow afternoon. Friday should be warmer with highs in the mid 50s,” Hevrdeys said.
Barry Poole, Hamblen County Road Superintendent, said they were treating county roads and garbage collection would continue as scheduled today.
Around 9:30 a.m., the Morristown Police Department enacted their severe weather plan, urging everyone to avoid any unnecessary travel.
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer