Preparations underway for possible winter storm

Preparations underway for possible winter storm

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Salt bins at the Knox County Highway Department and the Tennessee Department of Transportation garage are full, and brine and plow trucks are ready to go. Salt bins at the Knox County Highway Department and the Tennessee Department of Transportation garage are full, and brine and plow trucks are ready to go.
"We want to make sure that when we put brine down, it's not too early," explained Jim Snowden, with the Knox County Highway Department. "We want to make sure that when we put brine down, it's not too early," explained Jim Snowden, with the Knox County Highway Department.
"If we make the decision to go to school, and it appears that the storm may come before students are dismissed, we may have to make a decision about whether to dismiss early," said Knox County School Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. "If we make the decision to go to school, and it appears that the storm may come before students are dismissed, we may have to make a decision about whether to dismiss early," said Knox County School Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A storm that has already dumped snow and freezing rain on Mississippi and has entered West Tennessee may move its way across the state to East Tennessee.

The storm is expected to move into the area Thursday afternoon. When that happens winds will pick up and temperatures will fall. Rain will change over into big, wet snowflakes.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the valley and plateau and a Winter Storm Warning is in place for the mountains.

Snow amounts could range from 1-4 inches in the valley and on the plateau, to a foot of snow on top of the Smokies.

The snow will likely end Thursday night as temperatures fall into the mid 20s. Friday will be dry with high temperatures in the low 40s.

Salt bins at the Knox County Highway Department and the Tennessee Department of Transportation garage are full, and brine and plow trucks are ready to go.

For now it's a time to wait. Crews are not expected to hit the road until Thursday afternoon.

"We want to make sure that when we put brine down, it's not too early, that it's as effective as it can be," explained Jim Snowden, with the Knox County Highway Department.

Locals school administrators will also be watching the weather closely. The bus commute home could be affected.


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"If we make the decision to go to school, and it appears that the storm may come before students are dismissed, we may have to make a decision about whether to dismiss early," said Knox County School Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

One school activity has already been affected by the forecast for bad weather. Bearden High School has canceled Thursday night's basketball game against Oak Hill Academy.

Businesses are already stocked for potential snow. At Ace Hardware in Bearden, sleds, firewood and ice melt are already stacked outside their doors. The store has already sold some supplies, but most people are waiting to see what happens.

The warm temperatures so far make it tough for many to believe there will be snow. That warm weather will help road crews on Thursday.

"The ground temperature and the pavement temperatures are going to be warm from the last few days we've had. So I don't anticipate a tremendous amount of struggle," Snowden said.

All highway departments in the area reported they were well stocked and ready to go.

6 News Reporter Mona Nair and 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Julya Johnson contributed to this report.

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