Many Anderson County back roads are still covered with ice and snow, so the school system will be closed again Friday, officials said.
The closure is for the safety of the students, the Anderson County school system said in a statement. The schools closed early Tuesday and have been closed since as snow, ice, and cold temperatures wreaked havoc across the Southeast, particularly in Atlanta.
Many other school systems in East Tennessee, including Oak Ridge, also closed early on Tuesday when it started snowing and remained closed on Wednesday. Oak Ridge students returned to classes on Thursday, although there was a two-hour delay.
The Anderson County Schools’ Central Office will follow the inclement weather procedure on Friday, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department reported that deputies had responded to 12 traffic crashes from Tuesday through Thursday morning. Three resulted in minor injuries, and there were four disabled vehicles and one traffic hazard, authorities said.
“These numbers do not include those few incidents where there were cars in the ditch and such where we did not respond,” Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said. “All in all, it was relatively quiet.”
Lucas said the Sheriff’s Department has resumed normal operations, but deputies are still responding with four-wheel drives in areas that are still snow-covered and icy.