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Road crews prepare for Winter weather

Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

BLEDSOE COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- A Winter weather advisory is in effect in parts of the Tennessee Valley.

Some areas could see as much as two inches of snow, others just a dusting.

Road crews are working to keep roads safe.

In Bledsoe County, right at the Van Buren County line, snow fell and at times was thick.

While it wasn't enough to cover roads, it was enough to keep T-DOT workers busy with possible slicks spots along Highway 30.

"I woke up this morning and there was snow all over our vehicles," says Jeremy George, motorist.

It came down sporadically in Bledsoe, Van Buren and part of Sequatchie County Friday, mostly before the sun came up.

"It's nice to be toasty warm and see it cold and snowing outside," says Doc Sharrow.

Doc Sharrow watched his driveway turn white in the wee hours of the morning. Locals say back roads were a little on the slick side.

"I had to scrape some of the ice off my car this morning," says George.

After word came from the 911 center, T-DOT District 22 Supervisor Tobe Smith sent a salt truck out to check parts of Highway 30 west.

"He's done been up there and we put down a little salt where he saw those slick spots," says Tobe Smith.

It's been a non-stop winter season for roads crews across the Tennessee Valley. Smith had all his trucks preparing the roads with brine Thursday.

"Weather like this, you know, it's unpredictable," says Smith.

"There's been a lot of people in this morning," says Jessica Shultz.

Jessica Shultz at the 3-Way Mart says the forecast prompted people to prepare.

"Water, bread, milk, stuff like that," says Shultz.

But as the day wears on, what little snow came down before dawn doesn't stick around and roads stay clear.

"Temperature just didn't stay low enough for it to hang around I guess," says Sharrow.

T-DOT & Bledsoe County Crews are staying on stand-by mode, prepared to combat problem areas, should they need to.

T-DOT crews are hoping the salt and brine, already on the roads, will carry over the weekend and give them a leg up in preparation for the possibility of more snow Monday.


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