Campbell County sees mostly morning ice; crews on standby

Campbell County sees mostly morning ice; crews on standby overnight

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A downed tree blocked one lane of this back road, but Campbell County remained relatively unscathed in the ice storm, compared to other areas. A downed tree blocked one lane of this back road, but Campbell County remained relatively unscathed in the ice storm, compared to other areas.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - Severe weather conditions popped up all over East Tennessee Friday, including in Campbell County.

Even with the slippery conditions, road crews made quick work of the ice.

Most of the ice melted by midday. In fact, many plow truck drivers went home for the day by late afternoon. It was only very early in the morning that there were any problems on the roads in the county.

At highway headquarters, Friday afternoon, the roads for the most part were clear, almost like nothing happened.
   
"Earlier when I got out it was ice and slick. Now, it's cleared up a lot. It's not as slick, it's a lot better," said Justin Smith of LaFollette.

The county did see it's fair share of freezing ice in the morning, but in the afternoon there was a hard rain, melting much of the ice off the roads.
   
"I thought the ice would stay a little longer because of the temperature, the weather cooperated, and we were able to get our work done quick," said Campbell County Highway Superintendent Dennis Potter.

Not of all the county came away unscathed. Some of the county's more mountainous areas like areas around Jellico were still reporting ice later in the day.

"Some of the back roads and mountain roads are still impassible," Potter said.
 
Even though the worse had passed, crews remained on standby in case colder temperatures led to freezing conditions overnight.
 
"The roads are in pretty good shape. Just worried about it freezing back tonight," said Smith.

"We got a pretty big long day today and trying to get some rest and see if we need to do anymore," Potter said.

Even after the storms passed, road crews were expected to be out Saturday cleaning up some of the excess gravel that remained on the some of the busier roads in the county.

The county typically uses gravel on most roads. They say it does a better job of providing traction in the ice and snow.

Problems were still being reported around the Ivy Dale, Caryville Mountain and Stinking Creek areas on Friday evening.

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