Emergency officials received the latest update on a winter storm watch late this morning at the Greene County Emergency Operations Center.
Freezing rain and ice could be the most severe elements of the weather event. The latest information from the National Weather Service office in Morristown is that a “wintry mix” of freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixed with snow, should move into Greene County between 7 and 9 a.m. Friday.
The good news is that the precipitation should move through the area by 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.
Greene County could receive about one-quarter of an inch of freezing rain, National Weather Service meteorologist David Hotz said at a weather webinar held at the Greene County Emergency Management office.
The primary concern of emergency responders, law enforcement, school officials, hospitals, highway crews and utilities who attended the meeting is ice accumulation the storm leaves behind.
Representatives of city and county schools said a decision will be made tonight about how the weather may impact classes on Friday. “We plan to make a [decision] tonight if at all possible,” said Phillip Graham, city school system maintenance supervisor.
Based on available information this morning, the possibility of an ice storm “is still a hit-and-miss proposition,” said Bill Brown, Greene County Emergency Management Director.