All of East Tennessee was under a snow advisory today, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Morristown said this morning. One to two inches of additional accumulation was forecast for today, with a possibility of two to four inches more snow predicted for overnight, the NWS said.
Road crews were on standby, "ready to react to whatever happens," said County Road Superintendent J.C. Jones.
When snow falls after temperatures have been as cold as they have been, Jones said, "everything that hits sticks to the roads, so people need to be advised that it will be slick again, if it snows."
A fairly strong upper level low pressure system from the northwest is coming through the area, Lyle Wilson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service regional office in Morristown, said this morning, but there is not that much precipitation with it, he said.
Cold Expected To Continue
The cold temperatures were also predicted to remain for most of the next week, according to the forecast. "It looks as if it may warm up some toward the weekend as temperatures may actually get up into the 40s, compared to the 20s we have had," Wilson said.
The high temperature today was expected to be in the mid 20s with a 70 percent chance of snow, according to the NWS forecast. The low tonight was predicted to be in the mid-teens with a 60 percent chance of snow.
Jones said the prolonged bout of cold weather has seemed to have a cautionary effect on many drivers, though there have been some accidents. "People are sort of getting used to it," Jones said, and most are adjusting their driving to match road conditions.
Snow that began falling on Friday continued off and on though Sunday afternoon. Conditions were slick enough by Sunday morning to force numerous church-service cancellations all over the county, especially in and near the mountains.
Heavier Snow In Mountains
The larger snowfall amounts on Friday and Saturday seemed to be in the higher elevations of southeastern Greene County, where at least three to five inches was reported.
On Houston Valley Road, about three miles from the Cocke County line, about three inches reportedly had fallen by mid-day Saturday and an additional inch and half or so on Saturday night. Road crews, however, were busy on the state route throughout the period, having cleared the road by mid-day Sunday.
Greene County Road Superintendent Jones said this morning that county crews had to push snow from roads in and around Greystone, Camp Creek, and both upper and lower Paint Creek on Saturday and Sunday. Crews also worked through the weekend applying salt and fine gravel "chat" to slick spots and bridges.
Jones said crews were helped somewhat by salt that had been applied earlier, to deal with the previous snow. When moisture from snow on Friday hit the salt already on the roads in some places, enough melting occurred that some areas did not have to be salted again, the road superintendent said.
Two Injured Sunday
Two persons were injured Sunday night in an auto accident blamed on an icy road.
According to a report filed by Sheriff's Deputy David Smith, the crash took place at 8:20 p.m. when a northbound 1996 Ford being driven north on White House Road by Landis Mahaffey, 21, of Kingsport, went out of control on ice as it entered a curve.
The car, according to the report, went off the right side of the roadway some 280 feet south of Jones Quarry Road and struck a tree, the sheriff's department report said.
Mahaffey, according to the report, was taken to Laughlin Memorial Hospital by a Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services ambulance for treatment of injuries after the crash.
A passenger, who was identified as Adam Wampler, was listed as slightly injured. However, Wampler did not require transportation to a hospital, according to the sheriff's report.
More Flurries Forecast
Snow flurries were forecast to continue through Tuesday morning with partly cloudy skies predicted for the remainder of the day. Highs are to be in the mid-20s with lows Tuesday night falling again to the mid-teens, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
Temperatures are predicted to reach the low 30s on Wednesday under partly cloudy skies. Slightly colder temperatures are forecast for Thursday, with a slight chance of snow predicted during the day.
The forecast for Friday is calling for high temperatures to reach back into the low 30s with lows in the upper teens.
A chance of rain or snow is predicted for Saturday and Sunday, with highs Saturday predicted in the upper 30s and the high Sunday in the upper 30s or low 40s.
Reporters Bill Jones and Lisa Warren also contributed to this article.