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Alert: Washington County schools dismissing early today, snow to continue through Friday evening

Jessica Fuller • Updated Dec 8, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Washington County students are getting a head start on the weekend as snowy weather prompted an early dismissal from class. 

Director of Washington County Schools Kimber Halliburton tweeted that schools would be dismissing at 12:30 p.m. Friday after hours of snow left some county roads slick and dangerous. 

Unicoi and Carter County schools let out at 11 a.m. Friday morning, as of 11:30 Johnson City schools were still in session.

Jeremy Buckles, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Morristown, said that while the intensity of snowfall will vary throughout the day, that the snow is expected to continue through this evening. All in all, the Johnson City area is expected to get about an inch of snowfall throughout the day, while higher elevations should expect more. 

Temperatures will hover around freezing for the rest of the day and dip into the 20s tonight, and a cold front blowing in Saturday night will bring sub-freezing temperatures, but Buckles said there’s not much in the way of precipitation expected Saturday and Saturday night. 

Black ice is a hazard as temperatures fall tonight, Buckles said, so drivers should be careful tonight and tomorrow morning, but road conditions should improve throughout the day on Saturday.

“The little accumulation that does occur today should for the most part melt off during the day tomorrow,” he said.

Keep checking johnsoncitypress.com for updates.

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