Snow begins to fall in East Tennessee

Snow begins to fall in East Tennessee, state of emergency declared

Snow in Fairfield Glade (source: joemar2tomsic) Snow in Fairfield Glade (source: joemar2tomsic)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Snow began to fall in some East Tennessee counties late Tuesday morning, particularly on the plateau, causing a number of school systems to dismiss classes early.

6 News viewers reported accumulating snow in Cumberland and Fentress counties while some other counties saw light snow falling from the sky.

Cumberland, Fentress, Cocke, Cocke, Grainger, Scott, Claiborne and a number of other school systems dismissed school early Tuesday afternoon. Some schools have already closed or delayed classes for Wednesday.

Full list of school closings

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 flights to and from McGhee Tyson Airport were canceled because of the winter weather impacting other parts of the nation. Airport officials advise travelers to call ahead to check on their flights.

The 6 Storm Team does not anticipate much if any snow accumulation in the valley. Temperatures are expected to continue to dip throughout the day, continuing Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the twenties. Temperatures are not expected to get back above freezing until Saturday afternoon.

The TennesseeEmergency Management Agency has activated to a Level IV – Elevated status to monitor weather and road conditions, and to manage any local requests for resources or assistance due to the approaching cold front and sustained period of subfreezing temperatures.

Gov. Bill Haslam also declared a state of emergency to exempt federal Hours ofService requirements in the state for transporting propane.

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