Oak Ridge Schools and Tennessee government offices will be closed Friday because of weather and road conditions, and Oak Ridge city offices will open late.
Anderson County government offices could be closed Friday as well, although a decision hadn’t been announced as of 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Winter weather that started Thursday included freezing rain, ice, snow, and cold temperatures, and state offices and schools were closed Thursday also while some city offices closed early.
The cold weather is forecast to continue Friday, although no snow is forecast after midnight Thursday in Oak Ridge.
A press release from the Tennessee governor’s office said state employees will work from home when possible. State services that are offered online will remain available, the press release said.
“All citizens are urged to exercise caution and avoid non-essential travel where possible on Friday, January 7,” the press release said.
A city press release said all city offices will open at 10 a.m. Friday. The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter will open at 1 p.m. Friday, and the Centennial Golf Course will be closed on Friday.
City offices that closed early Thursday included the Oak Ridge Public Library, Oak Ridge Civic Center, Senior Center, Scarboro Center, and Centennial Golf Course.
You can visit OakRidgeTN.gov, monitor the city’s social media accounts, or call (865) 425-3550 with questions or for more information.
Anderson County government offices closed at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Morristown forecast a chance of snow before 11 p.m. Thursday, with a chance of flurries between 11 p.m. and midnight. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
The high on Friday is forecast near 29 degrees Fahrenheit. The low Friday night is forecast around 16. Friday is expected to be mostly sunny and clear.
Warmer weather is expected Saturday, with a high near 44 and low around 34.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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