East Tennessee crews working to clear minor incidents, downed trees after widespread snowfall


UPDATE (2 p.m. Dec. 25) — Main roads and heavily-traveled roads are passable this afternoon but advisories are up across the region that roads will refreeze as temperatures drop throughout the evening. Backroads and those less traveled are still frozen according to dispatchers.

Claiborne County
Main Roads have been treated but side roads still snow and ice covered.
No major issues reported by dispatchers.

Cocke County
Lindsey Gap Road is “worst road,” law enforcement are asking people to avoid it. Several trees down in the county, according to dispatchers.

Grainger County
Main roads are pretty much clear, but secondary roads are still icy.

Sevier County
The Parkway and other major roads are relatively dry but watch for some spotty icing. Secondary and smaller roads, especially those in shaded areas and untreated, remain treacherous and very icy.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Holiday travel in East Tennessee is discouraged as many roads remain affected by ice and snow.

TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi said crews are actively treating roads this morning throughout the East Tennessee and described interstates in the region to be in ‘decent’ shape as crews salt and plow roadways.

“Although the major precipitation ended before midnight, bands of snow showers have continued to appear throughout the morning. Interstates are in decent shape throughout the region with crews working to clear and treat state routes,” Nagi said.

Minor incidents and several downed trees have been reported across the region. State Route 32 in Cocke County near Rays Chapel Road is closed due to downed utility lines. In Jefferson County, SR 139 near Glenbook Lane is closed due to downed utility lines.

District 18, which includes Knox, Anderson, Cocke, Jefferson and Sevier counties, reported between three and five inches of accumulation. Blount, Campbell, Loudon, Monroe and Roane counties in District 19 reported between three inches or less.

A TDOT weather report said most higher elevations in District 17, which includes Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties, were covered as of 7 a.m. TDOT reported total accumulations in this region ranged from three to five inches.

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