Wet snow causes difficult traffic conditions across East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - WVLT's Alan Williams checked in with Emergency Management Agencies across the region this morning; most report main roads are passable, state roads are not as good but are being cleared, but side roads and back roads are impassable and most agencies advise not to get out on those dangerous back roads at all if possible today if possible.

The Blount County EMA says Lamar Alexander Parkway is passable, and Highway 321 toward Lenior City is okay.

In Campbell County, we're told the back roads are bad and crews are advising you not to to travel on them. There are reports that Highway 63 through LaFollette is passable but Highway 25W is "questionable."

There were nine inches of snow reported in Claiborne County, where emergency vehicles are running on a priority basis. Highway 25E is slushy, as is Cumberland Gap Parkway and Highway 33.

Cocke County officials report a standstill because they currently have no salt to spread on any roads.

In Cumberland County, the main roads are passable, as are state roads, but crews say back roads are impassable.

Grainger County EMA officials say the main roads are clear including 25E, 11W, Highway 92 and Lakeshore Road. County side roads are very slick. Bean Station roads are clear.

In Hamblen County, the main roads are passable, but officials are advising residents not to get out because many side roads are impassable.

A tractor trailer has traffic blocked on Highway 411 between Highway 92. Officials say it will take at least 5 hours to clear it. All other main roads including 11E and 25-70 are passable.

In Loudon County, Highway 321 is in good shape but there are reports of black ice on Highway 72. Side roads are considered impassable.

The Monroe County EMA says McMinnville is pretty clear. Highway 411 and Highway 68 are also passable and being treated and scraped. Side roads are bad.

In Roane County, the main roads are passable but back roads still have some problems. Ambulances are only responding for emergency calls. Rockwood Mountain is passable.

Scott County reports Highway 63 and Highway 27 are passable. Secondary roads are very snowy and slushy. Back roads are extremely bad.

Union County EMA officials tell us the main roads, Maynardville Highway and state roads are clear, but back roads are very bad.


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The heavy, wet snow has made for a mess on the roadways across East Tennessee Wednesday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Knoxville Police Department went to Level 2 of our Severe Weather Plan. Officers have doubled-up in vehicles and will respond to emergency calls only. Travel is not recommended at this time.

The KPD says it will continue to monitor conditions throughout the night and make any necessary changes as warranted.

It was a similar situation through out the rest of the area.

Local 8 News reporter Kyle Warnke reported little to no visibility shortly after night fell.

Over in Sevier County, Kyle Grainger reported seeing several cars spin out on the Spur near Gatlinburg .

In Roane County, the slick conditions caused a tractor trailer to jack knife. That led to a major back up on I-40 near Mile Marker 350.

No injuries have been reported.

Other crews Wednesday night, spotted several vehicles across the area that had been abandoned on the side of the road, some after minor accidents.


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