By Nathan Baker
Emergency and utility crews worked through the night to manage heavy snow that fell on the region as temperatures dipped below freezing.
Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said the wet snow, paired with the rains over the last few days, made for treacherous driving conditions.
“The roads were rough all over, but it looked like the Valley Forge area was probably one of the harder hit areas with snow in the lower elevations,” Worley said Friday morning. “Of course, Roan Mountain had quite a bit, but the highway crews were up there at 10:30 last night to get it cleared up.”
He said Thursday’s rains also caused rivers to rise and re-flooded the areas surrounding Carl Smith and Swimming Pool roads.
Worley said homeowners who were evacuated on Carl Smith Road Thursday were advised to spend the night elsewhere in the interest of safety.
He said there were also numerous reports overnight of trees down and vehicle accidents across the county.
In Johnson County, the picture was the same.