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Freezing rain coats East Tennessee in layer of ice
Posted: Jan 25, 2013 5:08 AM EST Updated: Jan 25, 2013 8:19 AM EST
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Freezing rain moved into East Tennessee early Friday, causing hazardous conditions for drivers. Secondary roads, especially those not pre-treated with salt, as well as parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, and vehicles, were coated in a thin layer of ice.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for most of the WATE 6 viewing area until 7 p.m.
Though it fell from the sky as rain, the air and surfaces were cold enough to freeze the moisture when it reached the ground.
A mixture of snow and sleet is also in the forecast.
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The precipitation is expected to wind down in the afternoon as temperatures rise above freezing.
Once the rain started to fall it didn't take long for reports of problems to begin.
Scott County resident Heather West said drizzle began there around 4:30 a.m. and was soon turning to a thin layer of ice.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation says patches of snow and ice were being reported on Interstate 40 at the Cumberland/Roane county line.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Department said it received reports of ice on Montgomery Road, Rome Road, as well as U.S. Highway 27 near the fairgrounds.
Icy sidewalks were reported in Coalfield and Oakdale.
The Knoxville Police Department says most drivers seemed to have heeded warnings to stay off roads because morning traffic was much lighter than normal.
One person was reported injured in a wreck at the I-40 Hall of Fame area at about 6:30 a.m. Another wreck with an injury was reported at Old Weisgarber at Lonas and in the 5100 block of West Emory at Harvest Creek Lane.
Up to two tenths of an inch of ice could accumulate in the morning, with lesser amounts northeast of Knoxville.
The weather conditions could bring down trees and power lines.
Knoxville Utility Board officials say they are prepared to send crews out to restore power as needed.
State and local highway departments spent much of Thursday and early Friday laying down a layer of salt or salt brine to keep roads from glazing over with ice.
Most school systems made the decision to call off Friday classes on Thursday.