Carter County sees prevalent snowfall Saturday, despite recent warm weather

Published 9:50 pm Saturday, March 12, 2022

BY NIC MILLER
STAR STAFF
While temperatures reached close to 70 degrees on Friday, Saturday in Carter County brought  temperatures below 20 degrees as well as a moderate amount of snowfall in the area.
Residents of Carter County were greeted with two to three inches of snow on the ground to start their weekend, kicking things off the right way on Saturday.
“We went out at 7 a.m. this morning and started to treat the roads and clear off any snow that was on the roadways,” said Carter County Highway Department Superintendent Roger Colbaugh. “As of 11 a.m., the roads are looking pretty good. There have been a few little icy spots and some snow on the road that we have had to melt off, but other than that it has not been too bad.”
“However, when you get to the higher elevations such as Roan Mountain and Buck Mountain, it is a different story. Right now, we are starting to send the people who were working on the roads down here, up to those areas,” Colbaugh said.
“There was mostly slush on the roadways here in the lower elevations, but the higher elevations received more snow, which is typically the case with snows around this time of the year. I am seeing a little bit of blue skies right now though, so hopefully it stays that way through the rest of today,” Colbaugh said.
While the Highway Department has worked hard in clearing off snow today, Colbaugh said that low temperatures through the night could complicate things tomorrow.
“The temperature is supposed to get down to six degrees tonight, so if it doesn’t clear up soon then there could be a potential for black ice. If that happens, we will get the roads ready to make things safer for everyone tomorrow,” Colbaugh said.

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