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Snowfall prompts school closings, delays

Staff reports • Mar 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Light snow began falling across much of the region this morning, causing school closings. Snow was predicted to continue falling throughout the day with varying amounts of accumulation depending on location.

Schools in Carter, Unicoi, Johnson and Washington counties closed due to the snow that began falling around 3 or 4 this morning and covered roads. Johnson City schools were on a delay.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported the following conditions:

— Washington County - Light snow. Roads wet.

— Unicoi County - Snow. Roads covered at times.

— Carter County - Snow. Roads good in lower elevations slushy in higher elevations.

— Sullivan County - Light snow. Roads wet.

— Johnson County - Moderate snow. Roads snow covered. Crews treating roads.

Temperatures were in the upper 20s throughout the region.

Snow accumulation of one to two inches was possible in lower elevations, including Johnson City but places in Unicoi and Johnson and Carter counties were expected to get up to four inches or maybe more, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow showers were likely to continue until around 4 p.m. Temperature should reach 37 degrees today.

A 30 percent chance of snow showers was expected tonight.

The rest of the week through the weekend looks sunny and warmer with temperatures near 60 degrees.

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