Black ice being blamed for one accident Sevier County

KODAK (WATE) – Black ice is blamed for one accident in Sevier County on Saturday. Officers were forced to close one road before treating it.

WATE 6 On Your Side was in Kodak and spoke with drivers about those mild temperatures that have now turned much chillier.

“I’m not really excited about it, I’ve never really liked the cold weather that much,” said Travis Stinson. “I’ve lived here all my life but it’s been a lot milder this year so far hope that it stays that way.”

Whether we like it or not, it’s starting to feel a lot more like winter here in East Tennessee. On Saturday, Sevier County looked like a winter wonderland with all the frost covering the ground. However, black ice in Kodak forced officers to close one road.

Officers found out about the black ice on Synder Road, after hearing of a single vehicle crash early this morning. They had to use two buckets filled with salt to treat the roads to make sure drivers will be safe.

Road Superintendent Jonas Smelcer said the county has 600 tons of salt on hand and 1600 tons of salt and sand mixture.

Jordie Burch has been visiting family for the past few weeks. She said she’s actually looking forward to cooler temperatures.

“I personally love it because in California where I’m from I don’t get to experience the cold and I was looking forward to the cold and now it’s here and I wish I brought a bigger jacket,” said Burch.

Smelcer said the county has been prepping for winter weather since November, in case snow or black ice came early.

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