LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Patches of black ice are possible, even on roads that have been cleared, because of refreezing. We have at least several inches of snow on the ground across East Tennessee. Some roads may be unplowed or untreated, make driving difficult with packed snow and ice.
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Strong winds are forcing the park officials to close U.S. 441 and state route 71 Thursday, the National Park Service said.
Wind gusts were reportedly reaching triple digits, the highest in three years, the NPS reported. Numerous trees have been blown down and park officials said crews won't be able to go out to move them until conditions improve.
Sevier Co. School officials said they are monitoring the weather, but, as it stands, they are still planning for a full day of school on Friday.
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