Cold front brings storms to the Lakeway Area

Heavy rain over the last two weeks have led to road closures and flooding in the area. A street sign on Ryder Lane in Morristown warns motorists the road is closed.

A front that came through the Lakeway Area Wednesday night and Thursday morning brought minimal damage, but will bring colder temperatures for the next few days, a local forecaster said.

Tod Hyslop, forecaster for the National Weather Service-Morristown, said most of the damage from the overnight storm occurred in the west portion of the Lakeway Area.

“They were out on the plateau,” he said.

He said the storm didn’t bring much in high winds, but because of the intense amount of rain over the last few weeks, the ground had softened, so there were reports of trees down throughout the area.

Hyslop said there were no reports of intense flooding either. He said there was mostly a “ponding” of water.

The threat of more rain had several school systems close Thursday or go to two-hour delays. Hamblen County was on a two-hour delay, along with Hancock and Grainger county schools. Hawkins County had called for a two-hour delay then later closed for the day.

Cocke and Claiborne counties, as well as Rogersville City Schools, all closed Thursday.

Hyslop said temperatures will start dropping Thursday and could drop six to seven degrees by the time the sun goes down.

He said the temperatures Thursday night will drop back down to the 20s.

“We’ll get back to that winter feel,” he said.

He said the temperatures will be in the 30s Friday and by Friday night and Saturday morning, the temperatures will drop back down into the 20s.

“Then we’re headed back up again,” he said.

He predicted that by Saturday, temperatures will be back up near the 50 degrees mark with plenty of sunshine.