By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

Bradley County, TN (WRCB) -- Alicia Adams found herself, shovel in hand Tuesday afternoon, scraping through nearly 8 inches of wintry mess that mother nature dumped on Cleveland, TN.

"I was thinking maybe 3 or 4 inches, somewhere around in there," says Adams.

She, like many in Bradley County were stuck at home for the last two days digging themselves out of the slush and neighborhoods full of unsalted, unplowed roads.

"I know we woke up to a beautiful white Christmas but I didn't know what to expect. This is not what I expected, not this much," says Adams.

Whether it was a hand shovel, or big equipment, city employees are pushing through the snow as businesses tried to open for the day.

Eddie Parker has been working a backhoe since 7 A.M. trying to shore up parking spaces for customers, but even after crews spent the night plowing, many roads were too bad to drive on.

"We are out here with all these buildings and warehouses here, just trying to get all the snow and ice up," says Parker.

Casey Conn runs a construction company. He had to park his equipment at sites and stay home to dig his family out the driveway.

"I didn't expect this much but I knew halfway through the morning we were going to be shut down a few days this week," says Conn.

While many people hit the grocery stores, Adams says she prepared well in advance. The only thing she could do.

"We went and bought milk because we didn't have any, (laughing) this will all blow over eventually," says Adams.