East Tennesseans report wintry mix Thursday morning

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Some East Tennessee residents dealt with some wintry weather on Thursday morning that led one school system to dismiss early.

A mixture of rain, sleet and snow was reported in some counties including Claiborne and Campbell. 

Campbell County Schools dismissed at 11 a.m. due to the weather. Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi reported that crews were treating slick spots on Interstate 75 in Campbell County and warned people to give themselves extra braking room.

The Lee County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office shared a video on Facebook showing treacherous road conditions.

WATE 6 On Your Side meteorologist Ken Weathers says the precipitation transitioned to all rain as the day wore on.

Tony Malone was one of two road crews in Campbell County dispatched out to Ivydell Road because there was snow and ice.

The plan was to spread chipped gravel, then possibly plow the long winding road on Friday depending on the weather.

“We try to prepare in early fall, get ready for winter time in that we usually crush a lot of rock and salt-brine,” said Malone.

Over the next 24 hours, 16 trucks will be prepped with plows, gravel mix and salt. Crews will also be on standby ready to go out as soon as this weekend’s storm hits.

“Hopefully it’s not going to be that bad but you never know in this area,” said Malone.

Campbell County road crews have 700 miles of road to clear within the county. They work on main routes first, then secondary roads, like Ivydell, next.

“We get through it every year so looking forward to spring,” said Malone, “Don’t get out if you don’t have to. Stay home and just enjoy the weekend if you can.”

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