East Tennessee Snow Day: Families, friends, drivers and more share in the wintry mix

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Early Tuesday morning – snowfall. 

The snow sticking to the grass, with many roadways remaining safe thanks to the work of TDOT. 

Later in the afternoon – some sunshine. But snow was still sticking in some places around East Tennessee. 

WATE 6 On Your Side sent out crews to cover the roads, the businesses – and of course, the fun. 

West Knox County

In West Knoxville, few people were out and about, despite some lighter conditions.

“Just got up early, it wasn’t snowing at first. Then got on (the) Pellissippi and it started coming down. But the roads were fine, it wasn’t coming down too bad. You can tell they put that line of salt on the ground so it wasn’t sticking,” says Jesus Gutierrez in West Knoxville. 

Blount County

In Blount County, still lots of snow was to be seen. WATE 6 On Your Side reporter Don Dare was out in Alocoa most of Tuesday morning.

Dare reporting that the early morning rain turned into snow – “big, thick snowflakes.”

Main roadways were slushy and wet thanks to pre-treatment by city and county road crews; however, untouched backroads were slow-going. 

Sevier County

The national park facilities were all closed Tuesday because of the inclement weather. 

There wasn’t too much snow in the town of Gatlinburg, where WATE 6 On Your Side sent a crew, but up in the higher elevations – frosted white with ice and snow.

This is why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed many roads leading to its many trails. 

City of Gatlinburg crews were out all day Tuesday plowing and salting roads to ensure drivers’ safety. 

The bit of snow and slush seen were in some outerlaying roads. 

Many people headed to Ober Gatlinburg to enjoy their snow day. 

“I  see nothing but God’s creation and his beauty in it. There’s nothing like this, absolutely nothing, it’s beautiful,” says Jasmine Reynolds. 

Knoxville 

Lots of families went to Lakeshore Park in Knoxville Tuesday to sled, snowboard and most importantly just have some fun.

“The best part for me is the speed. If you can get a little bit of a couple steps in and then you take your dive, I go down stomach first and so you get a lot of speed and it’s just, for me it’s exhilerating,” said Jess Bulley. 

“I brought my snowboard out to go down the hills and have the best time,” said Mary Alice Cox.  

They were two of many enjoying the snow day outside at Lakeshore Park. 

“We are sledding and for me it’s kind of a big hill and I scream the whole way,” said Mariah Osborne.

“Our dad was trying to talk to us and was like there’s a huge hill that you guys can sled on, and he said there’s probably people out there so it’ll be fun,” said Nevaeh Osborne.

The families and friends out here, making the most of no school and some extra time together.

“We didn’t have anything to do, no classes, no clinic schedule. Thought we’d have fun in the snow,” Allie Anderson said. 

“I’m loving this. We haven’t had snow really since I got here a couple years ago. And I’m from Maryland originally. So I’m used to a lot of snow, back home they’re getting a lot of snow. And I was really scared we weren’t going to anything,” Bulley said. 

“It’s literally like a winter wonderland. It’s super cool outside, it’s beautiful, I love it,” said Orborne.

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