Not enough snow to cause problems for Knoxville drivers

Not enough snow to cause problems for Knoxville drivers, but others affected

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Snow fell across the region Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Snow fell across the region Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Slippery roads resulted in a one-vehicle accident in Newport. Slippery roads resulted in a one-vehicle accident in Newport.
Most drivers in the Knoxville area were able to get to where they were going. Most drivers in the Knoxville area were able to get to where they were going.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Snowy conditions overnight and into Wednesday morning made travel tricky in some parts of East Tennessee. Locations at higher elevations experienced the worst problems.

Several area school systems closed or delayed classes because of the snow.

Knox County schools were delayed one hour. The snow was still falling as it came time to drop off students around 8:45.


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Four to eight inches of snow were predicted to fall in the mountains.


Hazardous conditions in mountainous areas

Overnight snowfall was to blame for a one-vehicle accident on I-40 in Newport. The driver lost control and went through a guardrail before flipping over.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper at the scene said all three people in the car were uninjured.

At sunrise snow continued to fall steadily in Newport.

"The roads were worse than I anticipated because we had snow last weekend and it was nothing," said Cosby resident Tamara Carver. "The roads were a little slicker than I thought it would be."

Carver, and her co-worker, Jessica Rich, both braved slick roads to get to their job, Benchmark Physical Therapy in Newport.

Carver and Rich used salt and brooms to clear snow from the sidewalk in front of their business. They wanted it to be safe for their patients.

"We truly care for our patients and their safety," said Carver. "They are here for a reason. Usually they have an injury, we are already treating them for, and we prefer them not to have another one.

Both women have strong opinions about all this snow.

"It's enjoyable enough while it lasts and I like it when it leaves," said Rich.

"I love it," said Carver. "I think it's beautiful. I love it."


Few problems in the Valley

Other locations did not receive enough snow to cause a problem.

Amanda Shell said that's the kind of snow she likes.

"I actually love the snow," said Shell. "I feel like a little kid when I walk outside so it makes me smile. It is a little inconvenient, especially working downtown having to walk from the parking garage. It gets a little cold."

Most drivers in the Knoxville area were able to get to where they were going. The snow was barely enough to be an inconvenience.

"I'm from the northeast so I'm kind of used to all this snow," said Eric MacLennan.

In the Knoxville area, snow that fell on interstate highways and main roads melted quickly because they had been pre-treated with a salt mixture.

"In my sub-division there was a lot more snow, but it was mainly on the grass," said Shell. "There wasn't anything on the roads"

By the end of the morning commute official snow totals in Knoxville ranged from a half-inch to an inch.


Snowfall totals vary by location, elevation

Heavier snowfall was reported in Cumberland, Fentress, and Sevier Counties. The National Weather Service office in Morristown said 1.5 inches fell there.

Snow totals reported by WATE 6 weather observers, as of 9 a.m.:

  • Del Rio - 4 inches
  • Petros - 1.5 inches
  • Blaine - 1 inch
  • Kodak - 3 inches
  • Rockwood - Dusting
  • Newport - 2 inches
  • Sweetwater - 1.5 inches
  • Madisonville - 0.5 inch
  • Seymour - 2.5 inches
  • Knoxville - 0.5-1 inch
  • Gatlinburg - 3 inches
  • Oneida - 1 inch
  • Wartburg - 2 inches
  • Tazewell - 2 inches
  • Cherokee, NC - 3-5 inches, county wide

6 News reporters Drew Gardner and Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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