Morning travelers make their way through Cumberland County

Morning travelers make their way through Cumberland County

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Drivers in Cumberland County were pleased to see only a dusting of snow Wednesday morning. Drivers in Cumberland County were pleased to see only a dusting of snow Wednesday morning.
TDOT in Cumberland County spent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning salting the interstates, bridges and overpasses. TDOT in Cumberland County spent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning salting the interstates, bridges and overpasses.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - With the threat of winter weather, many travelers took a break Tuesday night, got a hotel room and let the storm pass. Then, most people hit the road early Wednesday morning to continue on toward their Thanksgiving Day destinations.

Around 7:00 Wednesday morning, Tennessee Department of Transpiration officials put their salt trucks on standby in Cumberland County because the roads appeared clear. This was good news for many travelers going through the county.

Robert and Melissa Gray are traveling from South Carolina to Kansas to spend Thanksgiving with family. They stopped in Crossville for the night to avoid driving in a winter storm.

"Frankly, we got here last night and the temperature just dropped into the freezing neighborhood, so we feel like we made a good start on it," said Robert Gray.

When they hit the road Wednesday morning, they were pleasantly surprised to see only a dusting of snow on the ground.

"We are thinking it's better than what we expected. We had heard of less-than-advantageous travel conditions so we are happy with what we have," said Melissa Gray.

Jane Hutchings wasn't as pleased with the weather when she saw all the snow on her car.

"I stepped outside, and I saw my car and wondered how I was going to get it cleaned off to go where I need to go this morning," said Hutchings.

She and her husband stayed the night in Crossville and have to get to Chattanooga in plenty of time to make Thanksgiving dinner for family.

"I hope it goes good because I am not used to driving in the snow very much. My husband normally does the driving, but today he will not be able to drive, so I'll have to do that," said Hutchings.

As far as getting out of Cumberland County, that portion of the travelers' commute should be clear. Throughout the night and into the morning THP had no reports of any issues on the interstates in Cumberland County. The Cumberland County Road Department also said the back roads appeared clear.

TDOT in Cumberland County spent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning salting the interstates, bridges and overpasses. Officials say when the snow came, and hours after the clouds moved out, they had no reports of problems on the roads.

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