Most East TN counties report no problems on roadways due to slick conditions

4:38 PM, Dec 30, 2012   |    comments
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Update 3:36 p.m.

Tennessee Department of Transportation said in general most counties are reporting no problems on its roadways.

Flurries fell across East Tennessee Saturday, but as of Sunday, generally most counties reported no icy conditions.

In Blount, Knox and Sevier Counties there were no reports of precipitation, and all roadways were clear as of Sunday morning.   

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Services said highway 441 in Gatlinburg, headed into the smokies, has reopened after being closed Saturday night shortly before 6:00.  Still drivers need to watch out for patches of ice on that highway.  The Foothills Parkway East remained closed as Sunday afternoon.

In Granger, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins Counties there were no problems reported and roads were currently drying from Saturday.

In Campbell, Claiborne, Scott, Union and Anderson Counties there were no reports of precipitation, but roads were still wet.  Those counties have also reported no problems so far.

In Loudon, Monroe, Morgan and Roane Counties, crews were out monitoring all roads in that area.  In Loudon and Monroe County, there were no precipitation and all roads were clear, with the exception of SR165 at mile marker 15 near the North Carolina line.  On that road, crews were treating snow cover and icy roads.  

Morgan County reported flurries and wet roads.  In Roane County there were no reports of precipitation, but roads were still wet.

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Flurries have been falling across East Tennessee Saturday, and snow has accumulated in some areas mostly on the higher elevations.

Tennessee Department of Transportation said it's keeping an eye out for dangerous conditions. Crews have treated bridges and trouble spots in Grainger, Hamblen, Hawkins, Campbell, Claiborne, Scott, Loudon, Monroe and Anderson Counties.

On Saturday night, winter weather advisories were issued for Blount, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Greene, Harlan, Lee and Sevier Counties.

Sevier County dispatch said ice on the road has forced crews to close Highway 441 in Gatlinburg heading into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park shortly before 6 p.m. Sky View Drive and Ski Mountain Road in Sevier County are also closed.

Drivers need to be careful to watch out for black ice and slick conditions while driving.

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