Cold weather, snow cause travel problems on Cumberland Plateau

Cold weather, snow cause travel problems on Cumberland Plateau

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Blowing snow made travel a challenge on Interstate 75 in Campbell County. Blowing snow made travel a challenge on Interstate 75 in Campbell County.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

CARYVILLE (WATE) - Higher elevations of East Tennessee were covered in an inch or two of snow early Friday.

Below-freezing temperatures and snowfall made travel hazardous on roads, including some major routes.

Snowy, icy patches were reported by the Tennessee Department of Transportation on Interstate 75 in Campbell County.

"I-75 is in decent shape, but it's good shape if you are in the right lane," said Jellico driver John Gaylor. "If you get over in the passing lane, it's like they haven't done anything."

"[It's] very hazardous," said Jellico driver Betty Morgan. "Slick, drive with caution."

Roads were also slippery in Fentress, Scott, Claiborne and Morgan counties in the WATE 6 viewing area.

Schools in most of those counties called off classes Friday.

"I wanted to go, but I don't like doing all the work," said Jellico Elementary School sixth grader Lacey Tucker. "It was about 5:30 when they called it off."

Temperatures dipped into the low 20s for most of the area.

Friday's forecast calls for cold temperatures all day long. Low temperatures for Friday night will dip into the upper teens.

Many of the people 6 News spoke with said they are ready for winter to be over.

"I like the warm," said Tammy Norris who works in Caryville. "I don't like snow."

"I hate this kind of weather," said Gaylor. "I'm definitely ready for summer to come."

Another winter weather system is expected to approach East Tennessee Saturday, with a mix of snow late in the day. Light accumulations are possible Saturday night into Sunday morning.

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