Morgan County road crews battle wind and snow

Morgan County road crews battle wind and snow

Posted:
"The hill we live on right beside the elementary school is pretty slick going up it, no one hardly uses the road," said Damien Shadden of Wartburg. "The hill we live on right beside the elementary school is pretty slick going up it, no one hardly uses the road," said Damien Shadden of Wartburg.
Snow began falling early afternoon and by night between one and two inches blanketed the county. Snow began falling early afternoon and by night between one and two inches blanketed the county.
"We had a very busy day , we had a lot of snow and wind but we had some nice warm temperatures up until 2:00 and that has really helped us as far as the job we had to do today," said Morgan County Road Superintendent Clarence "Roy" Smith. "We had a very busy day , we had a lot of snow and wind but we had some nice warm temperatures up until 2:00 and that has really helped us as far as the job we had to do today," said Morgan County Road Superintendent Clarence "Roy" Smith.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) – Morgan County was one of the first areas hit with this round of winter weather Tuesday.

Snow began falling early afternoon and by night between one and two inches blanketed the county.

For the Shadden family, it was a bit of a struggle to get home this evening.

"The hill we live on right beside the elementary school is pretty slick going up it, no one hardly uses the road," said Damien Shadden of Wartburg.

But for his three children, the most recent round of winter weather means yet another snow day.

"My favorite part is getting outside and getting to build a snowman with my sisters," said third grader McKayla Shadden.

Morgan County schools will be closed Wednesday.

For road crews though,  there's no day off. They've been treating the roads with salt and brine since early Tuesday morning, hoping to get a head start on the weather.

"We had a very busy day , we had a lot of snow and wind but we had some nice warm temperatures up until 2:00 and that has really helped us as far as the job we had to do today," said Morgan County Road Superintendent Clarence "Roy" Smith.  

But while the temperatures made part of the job easy, the wind brought its own challenges.

"A lot of times you'll have a road clean and the wind will come, like it is tonight, and those strong gusts will blow the snow right back across it and you'll have to start back over again," said Smith.

TDOT crews were also monitoring the roads Tuesday and treating them as needed. In the late-night road report, TDOT reported the roads were clear.

Smith says his crews will evaluate the roads throughout the night and hit the trouble spots with salt and gravel as needed.

 

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.