KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WATE) — A wintry mix of snow and rain arrived late Sunday across East Tennessee and roadways in some area counties and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are sharing how their roadways are faring.
This includes delays or road closures as freezing temperatures set in, bringing potential for black ice and dangerous conditions.
TDOT is reminding people to move over and slow down when they see crews and equipment on the road.
Here’s what we know so far:
I-40, 9 pm update: Crews have been salting and clearing I-40 all afternoon and will continue to do so overnight. “Refreezing is possible so please stay off the roads,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi.
No major closures are being reported as of 9 a.m. Monday.
- Monday, noon update: Just after noon Monday, the Knox County government said local road conditions were good with a few isolated spots of ice/snow on rural roadways. A spokesperson said they would clear scale back operations until rush hour. Barring any issues following rush hour, operations will return to a call-out basis.
- No incidents are currently being reported on the Interstate or main thoroughfares, but slower speeds are recommended as ice could develop as temperatures continue to drop.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- U.S. Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina, closed at noon Saturday.
- Cherokee Orchard Road is closed at the park boundary
- Cades Cove Loop Road is closed due to high winds/snow
- Laurel Creek Road is closed due to snow and ice
- Sevierville Police said road crews are salting bridges and checking road conditions. All roads are open at this time but the police department urges caution while driving.
- 9 p.m. update: No major roads closures.
- 8 a.m., Jan. 17: The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said its patrol supervisor is reporting less than ideal road conditions throughout the county. “While some roads look like they are clear, there could be black ice on the surface,” the agency wrote on Facebook. Students are out of school and many people do not have to work today because of the holiday. If you do not have to venture out this morning please try to wait until road conditions improve.”
- I-75 – The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that snow has created treacherous driving conditions. Northbound and southbound lanes are covered in snow and ice from mile marker 133 to mile marker 160 at the Kentucky State Line.
- I-75 North cat Stinking Creek Road in Campbell County has reopened hazardous road conditions became severe enough to halt traffic temporarily. However TDOT does not recommend traveling in that area.
- As snow begins to coat the roadways, the Fairfield Glade Police Department is warning people to stay off the roadways if possible.
- Loudon County Sheriff’s Office has implemented its Inclement Weather Operations Plan. The report that road conditions are worsening and say in the interest of safety for patrol deputies, LCSO will only respond to the following emergencies:
- Crashes involving injuries
- Crashes where a roadway is blocked and vehicles are unable to be moved.
- In-progress emergency calls where life or property is at risk
LCSO advises that vehicles that have slid off of a roadway should call a local towing company directly. If you’re involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicles are drivable, please swap information and insurance information with any other parties involved and contact your insurance company tomorrow. If they require a report you may call the non-emergency dispatch number at (865) 458-9081 tomorrow once operations have expected to return to normal.
- Morristown Police are warning people that roads are slick but all avenues are open at this time.