LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Freezing temperatures will develop later tonight, causing damage to flowers and plants that are left exposed to the cold. Be sure to bring in your potted plants before you go to bed, as lows drop into the lower to mid 20s...about 25 degrees for Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Look for 1 to 3" of snow for the Smokies by morning.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Road crews spent Monday preparing the roads for the wintry weather ahead.
Despite a rainy forecast, T-DOT officials pre-treated some of the busiest roads in the area just in case.
"We think it's worth the peace of mind," said TDOT Maintenance Engineer Bud Slaton.
Slaton told Local 8 News this is the first time this season they brine the roads in Knox County.
It's really a good night to go over all of our equipment and make sure everything we haven't used in the last 9 months is in good working order," he said.
Slaton will spent most of his night updating the roadway conditions on T-DOT's Smart Way App.
Knox County Highway Department also has crews on standby overnight Tuesday.
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