Carter roads at higher elevation impacted by snow

John Thompson • Updated Dec 5, 2018 at 9:21 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Wednesday’s day of winter weather provided a big workout for the Carter County Highway Department. Road crews were active in all the areas of higher elevation that normally are impacted by winter weather.

Carter County Highway Superintendent Roger Colbaugh said roads at high elevations were mostly clear by late morning, but more snow fell around lunchtime, recovering many of the roads.

One of the hardest hit areas was around Hughes Gap, on the border with North Carolina on the shoulder of Roan Mountain. Colbaugh said over 4 inches of snow fell on the road at that location. The conditions at the highest elevations failed to get above freezing, requiring the use of salt.

In Stoney Creek, Colbaugh said the snow cover was mostly at the head of the hollows.

On Thursday, temperatures are forecast to reach the 40s at the lower elevations, eliminating the need for the road crews to clear most of the county’s roads. But temperatures will only struggle into the low 30s at the highest elevations.

Colbaugh is most concerned about the forecast for wintry conditions returning to the region on Saturday evening and continuing through Monday.