Carter County endures cold snap

John Thompson • Jan 29, 2019 at 7:56 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Carter County took in stride the first day of the invasion of an arctic cold front on Tuesday as county and city of Elizabethton officials reported no major problems from the cold.

The arctic air is forecast to be moving out of our region during the weekend, but the National Weather Service predicts thermometers will drop to 7 degrees in the lower elevations tonight. Highs should reach the 50s on both Saturday and Sunday.

But officials are ready to open emergency shelters if needed. Carter County Mayor Rusty Barnett said one shelter is open on a normal basis, while there are two on standby on the opposite ends of the county. They are already stocked, Barnett said.

As far as the Carter County Highway Department was concerned, this was not a difficult event. Snow was expected in the area by 9 a.m., but the snow flakes did not start coming down until after 10:30 a.m. Most drivers reported only 1-2 inches of snow on the roads at even the highest elevations, but Jonathan Powell said there was 5-8 inches tin the Shell Creek area of Roan Mountain.

Gary Smith, director of the Carter County Emergency Management Agency, said there were no problems on the first morning of the latest winter weather.

The Carter County Courthouse remained open on Tuesday, but some meetings were cancelled. The HOME grant rehabilitation meeting will be rescheduled and the new date will be announced when the meeting is set. The Soil Conservation District meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Carter County Farm Bureau office at 301 S. Lynn Ave.

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