ELIZABETHTON — “Looks like the worst is behind us,” Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said Tuesday in a weather briefing. Even better, the worst was not as bad as had been predicted.
“We got about 12 inches on top of the Roan,” Worley said on Tuesday afternoon. He said another 3 to 7 inches could fall in the higher elevations on Tuesday night and this morning.
Worley said there were no major problems caused by the snowstorm.
“We had sporadic power outages caused by fallen trees,” Worley said. “We had no long term or widespread power outages.”
“The main roads are in good condition, the secondary roads in the higher elevations around Roan Mountain are still icy. I don’t encourage people to be driving on those roads unless it is necessary.”
Director of Carter County Schools Kevin Ward said the icy roads led him to close schools today. He said Transportation Supervisor Jerry Nave checked the roads in the Roan Mountain area and he expected the roads there and in Poga to be icy this morning.
Slim Miller, supervisor for the Carter County Highway Department, said crews have worked on all the roads where it snowed. The crews pushed the snow off the roads and applied salt and chat (small gravel).
Sheriff Chris Mathes said his deputies have been able to answer all calls and continue with all patrols. He said some of the deputies operating in high terrain are using the department’s four-wheel drive vehicles.
According to David Gaffin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown, snow accumulation is not likely for residents in Washington County. He said any area in Northeast Tennessee could see snow, but accumulation in places below 2,500 feet is doubtful because the ground is too warm to allow the snow to stick.
In Johnson County, Mountain City residents saw approximately 5 inches of snow Tuesday, which could increase as the higher elevations of the county, including Mountain City, could see another 2 to 3 inches this morning.
According to today’s NWS forecast, there is a chance of snow showers in Washington and Unicoi counties until late morning, while the chance for snow will last until early afternoon in Johnson County. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Highs throughout the region should be in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Wind gusts may be as high as 25 mph.
Tonight’s lows are expected to be in the low 30s, while Thursday should see warmer conditions, with highs in the mid-40s to near 50.
Press Staff Writer Jennifer Sprouse contributed to this report.