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Update: Snow forecast causes ETSU to cancel night classes; snow falling across region

Staff reports • Jan 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Sleet began falling in Johnson City by at least 1:30 p.m. today, with full snow coming down by 3 p.m. Road, soaked for days by torrential rainfall, were being covered by heavy wet snow.

Traffic problems were being reported across the area, with some crashes with injuries.

In anticipation of the inclement weather, schools across the region dismissed early today.

East Tennessee State University cancelled evening classes beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, the first day of the spring 2013 semester. Offices will remain open until 4:30 p.m.

In Johnson City, schools dismissed early.

Dr. Debra Bentley, supervisor of instruction and communication for Johnson City Schools, said Superintendent Richard Bales will monitor the weather throughout the day to decide tomorrow's schedule.

"Dr. Bales will be out driving the roads should it begin to snow. He’ll be checking the roads tonight, and typically is on the roads very early in the morning, working with the transit division of the city. He will decide if Johnson City Schools can go on time, if we need to do a delay or if we need to not be in attendance," Bentley said.

Washington County schools let out at noon.

Elizabethton's high school and middle school dismissed at noon. The elementary schools let out at 12:15 p.m. Elizabethton's Early Learning Center dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Unicoi County's also let out early today.

Schools weren't the only entities affected by the inclement weather, as the Tennessee Department of Transportation has cancelled a public hearing on the roundabout traffic circle planned for construction at the Five Points intersection previously scheduled to be held this evening at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.

A new date for the hearing has not been scheduled.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Morristown said a low pressure system will move into the Tri-Cities area, bringing with it low temperatures and the possibility of about an inch of snow.

Although the system is expected to move fast, portions of our region could see as much as 2 inches of snow.

Temperatures are expected to begin dropping by 5 p.m. The forecast calls for a low around 22.

Keep checking JohnsonCityPress.com for more school closings and weather updates.

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