Low Temperatures result in slick roads Tuesday morning

Published 1:32 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Sunday evening’s three inches of snowfall provided the people of Carter County and Elizabethton with a beautiful snow day on Monday, but freezing temperatures over the past 24 hours have resulted in slick and frozen roadways going into Tuesday.

Roger Colbaugh, superintendent of the Carter County Highway Department, said that although much work was completed Monday night, it was like starting from scratch on Tuesday.

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“We had everything pretty well done by the end of the day yesterday,” Colbaugh said. “But then the roads started to freeze over last night and there was a little more snow to top things off as well. So this morning, we had quite a bit of icy roads to clear up.

“We’ve been putting salt down in the lower elevations like Elizabethton and Watauga to try and clear the roads up. And of course we still have a lot of people in Roan Mountain who are working hard to push off the snow as well as clear up the ice,” Colbaugh said.

Colbaugh said that he hopes with the sun coming out and the temperature beginning to rise, the ice will become less of an issue as the day progresses.

However, the Highway Department is still looking ahead to later in the week, with more snowfall expected to hit the area on Wednesday night and into Thursday.

“We are gonna get started again on Thursday, as they are calling for more snow then, so we have a pretty busy week ahead of us,” Colbaugh said.

AccuWeather, a national weather forecasting company, expects a light amount of snowfall early Thursday morning, releasing a statement saying that Carter County could receive “A coating to an inch of snowfall” beginning at 3 a.m. Thursday morning and finishing up at 1 p.m. Thursday.

However, that is not all, as AccuWeather predicts that the area could receive more snowfall, around one to two inches on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. and concluding at 7 p.m.

For the latest road conditions in your area, dial 511 to receive assistance.