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Morning snow delays travelers, closes school

After a week of warm weather cold temperatures crept into the area Tuesday, bringing snow that left schools closed and morning travelers inconvenienced.

The Unicoi County Sheriff's Department reported three incidents of vehicles sliding off Interstate 26 near mile marker 32 around 8 a.m.. Dispatchers said the three minor accidents were the only calls they have received and no one involved was injured.

Unicoi County Road Superintendent Terry Haynes said less than an inch of snow had fallen in higher elevation areas, such as Limestone Cove, as of 10:30 a.m., causing a few slick spots on county roads.

“We are doing pretty well, we've only had about one call about a slick road,” Haynes said. “We've got crews out on each end of the county double checking everything.”

Haynes said work crews will be salting roads throughout the day, but expected the weather to clear by midday.

“We're in good shape, we're good on salt,” Haynes said. “We're out there putting material down in the higher elevations.”

Unicoi County School System also had to yet again deal with unruly weather conditions, first calling a delay then canceling classes by early morning.

“We made the call this morning about 5:30 for a two-hour delay, then came another snow shower, mostly in Unicoi and Limestone Cove, so we made the no school call at 7:30,” Transportation Supervisor Tommy Clouse said. “We do have slick roads in Unicoi, Limestone Cove and Flag Pond currently.”

Clouse said he hoped to see snowfall diminish by noon, and said school officials will “wait and see” before making a decision to cancel Wednesday classes.