The last time it snowed in Oak Ridge, some residents were disappointed that it didn’t stick.
This time was different. Saturday morning flurries quickly dumped an inch of snow or more on Oak Ridge, covering roadways and making driving treacherous.
There appeared to be at least several minor accidents, including on Oak Ridge Turnpike, Lafayette Drive, and South Illinois Avenue.
A crash involving a sedan and a furniture truck that reportedly slid coming down a hill on snow-covered South Illinois Avenue near Centrifuge Way blocked traffic in the northbound lanes for more than an hour late Saturday morning. There were apparently no injuries, and Oak Ridge municipal snow trucks spread salt on South Illinois Avenue before the northbound lanes were re-opened around noon.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect through Sunday morning. The National Weather Service in Morristown said light snow accumulations are expected in northern areas and in the mountains.
Most locations across northeast Tennessee and Southwest North Carolina can expect one to three inches of snow, the Weather Service said. The most snowfall will be across southwest Virginia and the higher elevations of East Tennessee above 2,500 feet, where two to five inches are possible.
The forecast for Oak Ridge said snow is likely before 3 p.m. and again before 7 p.m., and then again after 10 p.m. The high should be near 38, and the low tonight around 30.
Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible, and the new snow accumulation tonight could also be a half-inch or less.
More information will be added as it becomes available.