Blount County Schools are closing early today because of inclement weather.
According to Jane Morton, public information officer for Blount County Schools, elementary schools were to dismiss at 12 p.m. and middle and elementary schools were to dismiss at 12:30 p.m. The Friends after school programs will remain open for two hours after dismissal.
Snow began falling this morning about 8 a.m. The National Weather Service in Morristown called for snow to begin tapering off soon.
“It tapering off right now and it could warm up enough to get some rain this afternoon. Then another round of snow will come later tonight - just flurries more than anything else, but the brunt of the snow is pretty much through,” said hydro meteorological tech Mike Propst. “There could be snow off and on with rain before 5 p.m. with high temperatures in the upper 30s and then a 30 percent chance of snow before 7 p.m.”
Blount County Highway Superintendent Bill Dunlap said slush is beginning to accumulate in the shaded areas throughout the county and Highway Department personnel were plowing in the Top of the World community.
“It is beginning to accumulate on the higher peaks. We’re playing the rest by ear,” Dunlap said. “We’re putting trucks out now and we’re trying to get some of this slush knocked off the roads before the temperatures drop.”