Schools closed, offices and businesses open late

Schools closed, offices and businesses open late because of icy conditions

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Thursday's snow and overnight freezing temperatures left many parts of East Tennessee in an icy mess early Friday. Several schools were closed. Some offices and businesses chose to open late as they waited for warmer weather to arrive and make travel safer.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Sunshine will return to the area Friday, allowing ice to continue to melt in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the mid-40s.

Friday night will be cold again but dry, with lows in the 20s.

The weekend is shaping up to be a welcome relief from all of the rain and snow. Sunshine remains in the area all weekend with highs near 50 on Saturday.


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Here are other events that have been canceled, postponed or delayed:

  • Blount County Children's Home supervised visitation will be closed Friday
  • Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union in Alcoa will be opening at 11 a.m.
  • TVA Credit Union branches will close Friday at 5 p.m., except Morristown, Jefferson City, Kingsport and Johnson City, which will close at 4:30 p.m.
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee will open on a delayed schedule
  • Knox County Government executive branch offices, including libraries, senior centers, health department and solid waste convenience centers, will open at 10 a.m. Friday
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley locations are open on Friday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m.
  • KAT will be operating on Severe Conditions Snow Routes Friday morning. During severe conditions, only the following routes operate:
    • Rt. 11: Kingston Pike
    • Rt. 12: Western Avenue
    • Rt. 20: Central Avenue
    • Rt. 22: Broadway
    • Rt. 31: Magnolia Avenue
    • Rt. 41: Chapman Highway
  • City of Knoxville offices will open at 10 a.m. Friday
  • Knoxville City Court will not be in session on Friday, but the court office will be open
  • The Knoxville Police Department remains on Level II of the Severe Weather Plan. If motorists are involved in a property damage crash only, they should exchange information with the other driver and contact their insurance company. Officers are still responding to crashes with injury or crashes that are blocking roadways.
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