Inclement weather causes travelers to stay night in Crossville

Inclement weather causes travelers to stay the night in Cumberland County

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The inclement weather took many travelers in Cumberland County by surprise as they were passing through. The inclement weather took many travelers in Cumberland County by surprise as they were passing through.
Charles and Alice Cook spent Christmas with family in Nashville. They tried driving home to Philadelphia, Pa. Thursday night. Charles and Alice Cook spent Christmas with family in Nashville. They tried driving home to Philadelphia, Pa. Thursday night.
The Cooks found a hotel in Crossville. The Cooks found a hotel in Crossville.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - The inclement weather took many travelers in Cumberland County by surprise as they were passing through, trying to drive home after spending the holidays with family.

Charles and Alice Cook spent Christmas with family in Nashville. They tried driving home to Philadelphia, Pa. Thursday night.

"We hoped to get a few hundred miles down the road, but with the bad weather, we were hesitant because of the snow and not being able to see clearly," said Alice Cook.

"I was driving. I could see the precipitation, the snow everything coming down. It was getting icy in the left hand lane. I didn't want to change lanes," said Charles Cook.

The Cooks found a hotel in Crossville. They weren't alone. The Burrs were also traveling home after holidays and had to make a stop in Cumberland County.

"It just got to the point where the snow was heavy enough so I decided it was time to pull over and wound up here," said North Carolina resident Edward Burr.

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews used 14 trucks in Cumberland County, working overnight and into the morning salting the roads. No major accidents were reported during that time.

Cumberland County Road Department Crews were out at 7 a.m. Friday treating slick spots. Joey Whittenburg has worked with the road crew for 22 years. He said the ice was thick in spots.

"There's probably a quarter to a half inch in some places, but there is a lot of slick places around curves and hills quite a bit," said Whittenburg.

The Cumberland County Road Department crews use a mixture of salt, sand and gravel to melt the ice and provide traction. They focus on the slick spots around intersections, hills and curves.

For travelers trying to get home from holiday trips, they hope all the road crews' hard work makes their drive easy and uneventful.

"We are hoping there's not a lot of snow, not a lot of ice and we can drive straight through," said Cook.

The county road crews plan to be out all day Friday treating slick spots but say the ice won't be completely gone from the roadways until Saturday when temperatures in Cumberland County are supposed to get above freezing. TDOT says they are already getting prepared for the next storm to come in just a few days.

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