LOUDON (WATE) - Many businesses closed across East Tennessee Wednesday morning as people continued to dig out from this latest winter storm.
Loudon County roads remained covered prompting many to stay inside. Downtown Loudon, usually bustling with people on a weekday morning, seemed more like a ghost town.
Many businesses who closed early Tuesday afternoon remained closed Wednesday. Mark's Downtown Diner had the one open light among all the dark storefronts.
"It was fine this morning," said Mark's Diner employee, Kendra Duncan. "We didn't have any problems. I guess he figured it wasn't too bad so he would try to open."
Elizabeth Kelina, a former Chicagoan now living in Loudon County, says she's used to this type of weather.
"We're pretty accustomed to snow, so it's interesting to see how everything closes up. And it was wonderful that Mark's Diner was open this morning for breakfast," said Kelina. "Every place we called was closed."
"In Chicago, we don't have the same hills and they salt everything and they're prepared for it, but here with the hills. It's treacherous so I can understand why they close it down," said Steven Goode.
Goode, also from Chicago, is visiting Kelina and a few other friends in Loudon County. He thought in coming to East Tennessee, they would be able to escape Old Man Winter.
"For the most part we have [escaped it], except for today, and this isn't that bad," said Goode.
The snow and cold may not have been bad for the Goodes, but it was for a sprinkler system that burst in this Tellico Village neighborhood where they're staying. The water shot several feet in the air creating a blanket of ice over everything it landed on. Still, the Goodes say it could be worse.
"It's 20 degrees warmer, and that 20 degrees makes all the difference in the world," said Goode.