Slick roads cause dangerous driving conditions across East Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Across East Tennessee slick roads are causing headaches for drivers.

Knoxville crews began salting Level I and Level II roads around noon as sleet began to fall.

The Knoxville Police Department activated Level II of its Severe Weather Plan around 6 p.m. A KPD supervisor will monitor calls for service at the Emergency Operation Center. Two officers will be assigned to each severe weather vehicle.

Drivers involved in property damage crashes should exchange information with the other driver then contact their insurance company. Stranded drivers will be a priority call.

Abandoned vehicles will be checked for occupants then tagged, alerting other first responders the vehicle has been checked and cleared. They urge not to drive unless it is an emergency.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says it is only responding to life or death emergencies, and may have trouble getting to those. Secondary roads are impassable and main roads are worsening.

Numerous wrecks have been reported in North and East Knoxville.

More online: City of Knoxville Snow Plan [PDF]

Knoxville Area Transit is on its severe weather plan, meaning buses are only running on Magnolia Avenue, Kingston Pike, Broadway, Chapman Highway, Western Avenue and Central. Bus service will end for the day at 7:15 p.m.

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The Sevierville Police Department is urging people to travel only if necessary and to stay off the roads until after sunrise tomorrow if at all possible.

Tennessee Department of Transportation is reporting patches of snow and ice in Morgan and Scott counties.

An Ice Storm Warning was issued for Cumberland County shortly before 10 a.m. The Cumberland County Highway Department says their trucks can’t get out in the ice. They are working on putting chains on their vehicles.

County crews have distributed salt brine throughout the day on all state routes and interstates in Blount, Campbell, Scott, Claiborne, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan and Roane counties.

Update on road conditions from Tennessee Department of Transportation (5 p.m. Monday):

  • Greene
    Temp. 27. Freezing rain. All roads slushy. Pushing and treating roads.
  • Hamblen
    Temp. 29. Rain. Pushing slush and still treating roads.
  • Hawkins
    Temp. 22. Sleet/snow mixture. 11W Slushy from Rogersville to Church Hill. Hwy 66, 31 & 70 passable but will be better still treating them.
  • Hancock
    Temp. 20. Sleet/snow mixture. Hwy 63 passable. Still working it. It is as good as it can be under the conditions. All other roads Ok. Still working all of them.
  • Anderson
    29 degrees air temp, 33 degrees road temp. Rain and wet roads. No plowing needed.
  • Cocke
    22 degrees. Wintry mix, roads icy. Crews are treating and plowing.
  • Grainger
    Roads are wet. Sleet and freezing rain. Air temp is 29 degrees, road temp is 28. Crews are treating and plowing.
  • Jefferson
    The air temperature is 26 degrees and the road temperature is 30 degrees. Wintry mix and icy roads. Roads have been treated and are currently being plowed. Major incident on I-40.
  • Knox
    31 degrees air temp, 28 degrees road temp. Wintry mix with slush accumulation. Crews are treating and plowing.
  • Sevier
    Roads are wet. Sleet and freezing rain. Air temp is 25, road temp is 26. Crews are on routes treating and plowing
  • Union
    Roads are wet. Sleet and freezing rain. Air temp is 25, road temp is 26.
  • Blount
    Sleet/rain mix all across Blount County. The roads are wet and slushy but no accidents at this time.   All crews are on their routes with trucks loaded with salt. The air temp is 32 degrees and the road temp is 33 degrees.
  • Campbell
    All State Routes and Interstate are continuing to be treated with salt and personnel are plowing three trucks wide on Interstate 75 both North and South bound. Snow/sleet mixture is somewhat heavy on all routes with coverage of 1-2 an inches as you come South on Interstate 75 at the bottom of Jellico Mountain. On Jellico Mountain both North and South bound there is still significant coverage on the main routes and in the higher elevations with a slushy mixture on the roads. Traffic is moving slowly at about 35-40 mph North and South on Interstate 75.   Maximum amount of accumulation on the upper elevations is approximately 3-4 inches.   Air temperature is 27 degrees.
  • Scott
    All State Routes are continuing to be treated and plowed by all personnel. Snowing heavily with some areas seeing accumulation on the northern end of county of approximately four or more inches now.  Personnel have managed to clear both lanes on major routes in each direction and traffic is moving slowly.   Air temperature is 28 degrees.
  • Claiborne
    All State Routes are continuing to be treated and plowed where needed by all personnel. Snowing rapidly at this time with accumulation of 2-3 inches total.   Slushy mix on roadway is making travel slightly difficult, but traffic is moving slowly. Air temperature is 25 degrees.
  • Loudon
    Sleet/rain mix all across Loudon County. The roads are wet and slushy but no accidents have been reported.   All crews are on their routes with trucks loaded with salt. The air temp is 32 degrees and the road temp is 33 degrees.
  • Monroe
    Sleet/rain mix across Monroe County. Crews continuously treating bridges that are slushy, but main roads are just wet and no accidents to report.   All crews are on their routes with trucks loaded with salt treating all slick/trouble spots as needed. The air temp is 30 degrees and the road temp is 28 degrees.
  • Morgan
    All State Routes are continuing to be treated with salt and calcium chloride by all personnel. Mostly sleet/ice mixture coming down now with an approximate accumulation amount of 1 ½ inches. SR 116 past the prison still impassable at this time. SR 62, 29 and 329 are personnel’s focus. Traffic is still moving, but again they stress all roads are VERY SLICK!   Air temperature is 29 degrees.
  • Roane
    Light sleet/snow mix at this time and the roads are beginning to become slushy and snow covered with slick spots. Crews are out with salt trucks, plowing and treating all trouble spots as quickly as possible.  SR 29 is slushy and snow covered as are most of the roads in Roane County. There is one accident at this time on I-40 at MM 341 involving a tractor trailer. The air temp is 29 degrees and the road temp is 25 degrees.
  • Cumberland
    Freezing rain with patches of snow and ice on the roads. Crews are salting and plowing. The air temp is 29 degrees and the road temp is 33 degrees.
  • Fentress
    Freezing rain with patches of snow and ice on the roads. Crews are salting and plowing. The air temp is 18 degrees and the road temp is 16 degrees.
  • McMinn
    Rain. Roads are clear and wet. Crews are salting where needed. The air temp is 36 degrees and the road temp is 43 degrees.

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