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School's out: Day of sledding, snowmen, snowballs

Rex Barber • Jan 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

If you were a student in Northeast Tennessee Friday, chances are you had a snow day.

And what do you do on a snow day? Play in it, of course.

People could be seen across Johnson City Friday sledding down hills, fighting with snowballs or making snow creatures of all sorts.

The Owen family was enjoying the much-anticipated snow day at Veterans Park near South Side Elementary School.

Boys Nelson Owen and Will Owen were sledding down a slope and packing snow to make ramps so they could execute jumps. The boys acknowledged they don’t get many snow days but think they are “awesome.”

They stayed up late Thursday night as an extra treat because they weren’t getting up early.

“It’s a fun day, snow day,” their mom Lisa Owen said.

Daughters Becca Owen and Grace Owen were at the park too playing with neighbor 4-year-old Aidan Storm. The trio were building an igloo for dog Rezzie, who ventured out for a short while to inspect the igloo.

Megan Overstreet was enjoying sledding on a hillside in Johnson City with about 40 other people Friday.

She said snow days are exciting and really fun, “because you get to get out here and have fun with people that you know and you get to meet new people.”

Johnson City and Washington County school systems were closed Friday after at least four inches of snow fell Thursday evening. Other school systems were out too. More snow was reported in the higher elevations.

East Tennessee State University also closed Friday because of the snowfall. Thursday evening classes were also canceled.

That was the evening university students were out across campus building snowmen or other things out of snow. Evidence of their creations was still standing Friday.

Students Jamie McCoy and Heidi McClure, both from Waynesville, N.C., built one of the snowmen Thursday evening.

Also Thursday, freshman Ashleigh McNeill was sledding down the ramp at the D.P. Culp University Center.

“This is awesome,” she said. “I haven’t seen it snow like this here before. I do hope it stays. This is nice.”

The snow began to melt Friday morning. Most area roads were clear by the afternoon, the ice melting away under sunny skies.

According to the National Weather Service forecast, sunny skies will return to the area after four days of hard rain that preceded the evening of heavy wet snow.

Temperatures were expected to reach the upper 40s this weekend, with nighttime lows in the 20s.

Rain or snow is not in the extended forecast.

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