Snow was falling in Oak Ridge at noon Friday, and more was expected through Saturday morning. Schools and government offices have announced closures and early dismissals, and sporting events have been canceled.
Oak Ridge Schools said it has staff closely monitoring the weather and the roads. If a decision is made to dismiss early, a notification will be posted on Twitter and through Skylert.
The Oak Ridge-Halls basketball games scheduled for Friday night at Wildcat Arena have been canceled and rescheduled for Monday, January 23.
Other basketball games have been canceled and could be rescheduled, including Anderson County-Clinton (rescheduled to January 21), Oliver Springs-Coalfield, and Farragut-Heritage. The Powell-Central games against Central have been moved up, with the girls starting at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m. There will be no junior varsity games.
Anderson County government offices closed at 10 a.m. Friday because of the weather. Anderson County Schools were closed Friday due to the weather.
Roane County Schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m. Friday.
“However, you may pick your child up at any time, and it will not affect attendance or exam exemptions,” Roane County Schools said. “Buses will run, and schools will be serving lunch. Please use caution when traveling.”
The Roane State women’s basketball game scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. Here is the new schedule for Friday and Saturday: http://www.roanestate.edu/?10813.
There were light snow flurries in Oak Ridge on Thursday evening, and a heavier snow fell Friday morning. On Friday, the City of Oak Ridge said the Public Works Department has pre-treated level one and two streets with brine. (You can read the city’s Winter Weather Plan here: http://bit.ly/2i08Xtf.)
Late Friday morning, the city said salt trucks had been mobilized within the last few hours to continue treating roads, and more snow is expected
The Tennessee Department of Transportation spread brine on Pellissippi Parkway on Thursday.
Friday morning, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department said some roadways in Anderson County were becoming snow-covered.
“We are expecting up to one inch with this first band of snow moving through into the afternoon,” the Sheriff’s Department said. “Please note that this system is not part of the stronger system that is expected to move into the area tonight (Friday night). We will post more information when it becomes available. If you are traveling today, please use caution on snow-covered roads and allow yourself extra time.”
The Sheriff’s Department said it has upgraded to a level one snow plan.
“Deputies will be changing to four-wheel-drive vehicles and will continue to answer calls as normal,” the Sheriff’s Department said. “Motorist involved in single-vehicle non-injury crashes where the vehicle is not in the roadway are asked to contact their insurance company and file a report at a later date.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
See previous weather story here.
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