Snow forced many travelers to change their plans

Snow forced many travelers to change their plans

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Due to the snowstorm, some people found themselves making an unexpected stop in Alcoa. Due to the snowstorm, some people found themselves making an unexpected stop in Alcoa.
When some people woke up and looked outside, they were surprised to see the amount of snow in Alcoa. When some people woke up and looked outside, they were surprised to see the amount of snow in Alcoa.
The snow prevented many travelers from making it to their final destination. The snow prevented many travelers from making it to their final destination.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Due to the snowstorm, some people found themselves making an unexpected stop in Alcoa. The snow prevented many travelers from making it to their final destination.

Spending the night in Alcoa wasn't the plan for Vincent McCallister.

"The roads in Atlanta are closed. All the highways are locked up, iced up so it's just a big waiting game trying to wait until everything melts so we can get going," said McCallister.

The California native has never seen anything like this.

"It's actually pretty fascinating. This is the most snow I've ever seen, so I'm in awe right now like 'Oh, snow,'" said McCallister.

While the snow is all new for McCallister, it feels like home for Chris Clark. He was trying to get to Florida from his home in Michigan, but the weather caused his flight to be canceled.

"I've had enough snow. I came down here to try and stay warm, but it's not happening. It's following me," said Clark.

When some people woke up and looked outside, they were surprised to see the amount of snow in Alcoa. There was two inches of snow on the pavement and six inches on the grass.

"I guess it kept snowing overnight and I woke up and I was like 'Whoa!' This is the most snow I've ever seen," said McCallister.

Pennsylvania resident Scott Findlay was in town for business. He expected snow but not this much.

"I've been coming down here the last 10 years or so and I've never seen this much snow in Tennessee," said Findlay.

TDOT spent the morning plowing state routes and interstates. Blount County road crews were out plowing the main and back roads, but despite the efforts, some roads were slick.

"This morning we had to take a coworker to the airport. It's just right across the road but it's still a challenge," said Clark.

Even though some travelers unexpectedly found themselves in Alcoa, McCallister and his wife made the most of the situation.

"We are going to come out here and have some fun maybe throw some snowballs at her get her a little riled up," said McCallister.

In Blount County overnight, many vehicles slid off the road, but according to dispatch, by the morning most people were home and staying off the roads. This resulted in very few problems on the roadways despite the snow covered roads.

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