The Oak Ridge Public Works Department put brine on roads on Monday to try to reduce the effect that winter weather might have on driving conditions. Snow plows are ready, and the Oak Ridge Police Department and Oak Ridge Fire Department are preparing by bringing in extra emergency response staff, the City of Oak Ridge said.
Snow is possible, and temperatures are expected to plunge in the Oak Ridge area on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the seven-day forecast by the National Weather Service in Morristown.
The snow is expected starting overnight Monday and continuing into Tuesday morning. The low on Wednesday night is forecast at 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
“An arctic cold front will move across the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians late tonight and Tuesday morning, bringing with it widespread precipitation,” the National Weather Service said in a winter weather advisory. “The precipitation will likely begin as a mixture of rain and snow but quickly transition to all snow around daybreak Tuesday morning. Snow and ice-covered roadways are expected area-wide, causing travel problems.”
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Great Smoky Mountains in Blount, Cocke, Sevier, and southeast Monroe counties from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with heavy snow expected.
The City of Oak Ridge said its staff have been closely monitoring local weather forecasts ahead of the wintry mix, snow, and bitter cold that are expected to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Our team will continue to watch the winter weather as it develops and adjust plans as needed,” the City of Oak Ridge said. “As of now, all city offices will remain open as usual.”
If you have questions about the city’s winter weather procedures, you can review the plan here: http://bit.ly/ORWxPlan.
“Stay safe and warm this week!” the city said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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