Sevier County snow catches many by surprise

Sevier County snow catches many by surprise

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The latest winter storm brought several inches of snow to Sevier County, catching many by surprise. The latest winter storm brought several inches of snow to Sevier County, catching many by surprise.
"We just had to sit and watch inches of snow pile up," said resident Laura Aldrich. "We just had to sit and watch inches of snow pile up," said resident Laura Aldrich.
While they weren't prepared for a winter storm, Matthew Miles says his family is loving it. While they weren't prepared for a winter storm, Matthew Miles says his family is loving it.
"It's a lot of fun. We've got some sleds, the whole family has been out here," Matthew Miles said. "It's a lot of fun. We've got some sleds, the whole family has been out here," Matthew Miles said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The latest winter storm brought several inches of snow to Sevier County, catching many by surprise.

"We just had to sit and watch inches of snow pile up," said resident Laura Aldrich.

Aldrich works at the Comfort Inn in Pigeon Forge. The icy roads kept her from driving home Tuesday night.

"A lot of the employees stayed the night so that we could make sure everyone here was taken care of. And also we didn't want to try to drive home," Aldrich said.

Even a few locals had to stay in hotels.

"We actually had a couple of people from Sevierville stay with us last night because they couldn't reach their homes," Aldrich said.

All the snow is also forcing tourists like Matthew Miles to adapt.

"We took one car out when it was snowing yesterday, and we couldn't get back up, we tried. So we're just parking at the bottom, and if we need to go anywhere we can take it out and then leave the rest of the cars up here," Miles said.

While they weren't prepared for a winter storm, Miles says his family is loving it.

"It's a lot of fun. We've got some sleds, the whole family has been out here," Miles said.

Joseph Miller is also excited to see white.

"We shot up to Gatlinburg to have a family vacation so my little boys can see snow and my family could see snow. We timed it just right," Miller said.

The Miller's came from Florida Tuesday night.

"As soon as we got in Pigeon Forge, it was pretty rough. My wife has never driven in snow, so it was kind of agonizing to go through that," Miller said. 

The main roads in Sevier County are in good shape, but crews are still out salting the back roads, and they will continue to do so well into the night if needed.

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge street supervisors tell 6 News they still have plenty of salt left, but this is the most that they've had to use in a few years.

More than 300 tons of salt has been spread throughout those cities since Tuesday. 

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