Snow causes school closings, traffic problems

Snow causes school closings, traffic problems

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Snow falling on Lovell Road in West Knox County. Snow falling on Lovell Road in West Knox County.
Snow in the Cedar Bluff area just after noon Tuesday. Snow in the Cedar Bluff area just after noon Tuesday.
Several bus crashes were reported around the area including this one on Bakertown Road. (source: gwendy22@gmail.com) Several bus crashes were reported around the area including this one on Bakertown Road. (source: gwendy22@gmail.com)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Snowfall Tuesday morning in the East Tennessee area led to traffic problems and a long list of school dismissals and business closings.

Knox County Schools dismissed elementary school students at 11 a.m. and middle and high school students at 11:45.

Knox County Schools spokesperson Melissa Ogden says some buses were not able to run due to the conditions, calling the bus situation "fluid." She says the system has been working diligently to get students home.

Several Knox County school buses stalled or were involved in accidents, but officials say no students were injured in any of the incidents.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it is helping take stranded children home from stranded buses.

Several school buses had to return to some Sevier County schools due to snow and impassable roads.

Assistant superintendent Debra Cline says the problems were mainly in the Cattlesburg, Seymour, Northview and Douglas Lake areas.

Cline says the children were held at their schools until their parents could pick them up. If parents were unable to pick the kids up, the school utilized four-wheel drive vehicles from various agencies.

All the affected children made it back home.


Full list of school closings


Knoxville Emergency Management partially activated its Emergency Operations Center at 11 a.m.

Representatives from fire, police, rescue squad are at the EOC to monitor the situation. Four-wheel drive teams are active.

Knox County executive branch offices closed at noon. That includes senior centers, libraries, the health department and more. Those offices will also be closed on Wednesday.

The Knoxville Police Department is operating on level one of its severe weather plan. That means officers will still respond to crashes with injuries or are blocking roadways. In all other property damage crashes, the drivers should exchange information and then contact their insurance companies.

Several flights at McGhee Tyson have been canceled due to the weather. If you are schedule to fly today, you are advised to check with your airline to see if your flight is still on time.

West Town Mall and Knoxville Center Mall each closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday due to the inclement weather.

Blount County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Marian O'Briant says there are bad conditions throughout the county and for drivers to take extreme caution. If you don't have to go out, stay home.

The Morristown City Center closed at 1 p.m. due to the weather. Morristown Police Department is urging everyone in the city to evaluate roadway conditions before traveling and to avoid any unnecessary travel.

The Morristown Fire Department also requests that auxiliary fuel sources be checked for proper working condition.  he fire department wishes to remind citizens to avoid using outdoor heat sources for indoor heating. If anyone finds themselves without adequate heating they may contact the Morristown-Hamblen County Dispatch Center at (423) 585-2701 to be directed to appropriate services.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi says TDOT crews will stay on East Tennessee routes through the afternoon and night as long as necessary. He also advises if you don't have to drive, don't.

Patches of snow and ice are reported on Interstate 75 in Campbell County as well as State Routes 9, 63, 71, 90, 116 and 297.

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