By Ashley Rader
Carter and Johnson counties appeared to slide through Friday’s ice-snow-sleet-and-rain event with many bruised
bumpers but no major damage.
A host of ice-related accidents and a small number of power outages were reported locally, and authorities warn that roads in mountain areas, in particular, could remain slick today and Monday.
Mother Nature put the freeze on both counties Friday when freezing rain and sleet moved into the region early in the day. By the afternoon, the precipitation had changed to rain in the lower elevations, but freezing rain and sleet continued in the mountains.
As the precipitation fell, ice grew on every surface to create a hazardous commute for both motorists and pedestrians. Travel was treacherous across the area Friday morning. Conditions began to improve in the lower elevations Friday evening, but icy spots remained in the mountains Saturday.
“The roads were bad everywhere Friday,” Carter County Highway Department Supervisor Doug “Slim” Miller said Saturday afternoon. “Most of the roads in the lower elevations were clear this morning, but there are still slick spots in the mountains. There will probably be slick spots in the mountains for the next couple of days.”
Miller said all the county trucks were out Friday treating the roads in the county with both ice melt and chat, which is gravel applied to the surface of the road. He said rising temperatures in the lower elevations helped the crews get the roads in better condition.