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Carter mountain roads open, black ice may be a problem this morning

John Thompson • Jan 30, 2018 at 6:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Road crews from the Carter County Highway Department worked all day clearing ice and snow from the county’s roads on Tuesday. Road Superintendent Roger Colbaugh said as much as five inches of snow covered the roads at higher elevations.

While road crews started clearing the roads according to their normal procedures, most of the roads at lower elevations were quickly cleared. As these roads were cleared, Colbaugh sent the crews to help out at the higher elevations.

While good progress was made in the higher elevations, Colbaugh said his big concern for those roads this morning is black ice.

With mostly clear skies the temperatures were projected to drop to the teens on Tuesday night.

That meant black ice could be a factor this morning, but the Highway Department is expected to get plenty of help from the sun today. The skies are expected to sunny, with highs near 45 at even the highest elevations.

More good news is that temperatures are not expected to be as cold tonight, staying around the freezing point even at higher elevations.

The story is not so good for Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for possible snowfall on Thursday night and Friday morning. A cold front will move into the Southern Appalachians on Thursday. This will bring widespread rain, transitioning to snow, with accumulating snowfall expected, especially in the higher elevations.

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