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Winter weather leads to school closings, slick roads in some areas

February 1st, 2013 7:54 am by Wes Bunch

Snowfall that ranged from a light dusting to several inches covered the region overnight, causing icy road conditions in places and many schools to call off class Friday.


A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. for much of the region, including Hawkins and Sullivan counties in Tennessee and Lee and Scott counties in Southwest Virginia.


The high temprature for Friday is expected to reach only 34 degrees, with a low of 21 degrees Friday night.


As a result of the inclement weather, a number of schools systems made the decision to call off class Friday morning.


Those school systems include: Sullivan County Schools, Hawkins County Schools and Rogersville City Schools in Tennessee and Scott County Schools in Virginia. Lee County Schools, Wise County Schools and Mountain Empire Community College are on a two-hour delay, while Norton City Schools are on a three-hour delay.


Although not as heavy as last week's snow, the winter weather did cause some problems for motorists, with icy patches and poor visibility in higher elevations, especially in Southwest Virginia.


Most Primary routes in Scott, Lee and Wise counties were all listed by the Virginia Department of Transportation of having minor amounts of snow and ice. Portions of Route 58 in Lee County and U.S. Route 23 and Alt-58 in Wise County, however, were still listed as having moderate snow and ice conditions.


In addition to the cold weather conditions, many roads in Southwest Virginia were still effected by flooding from Thursday. Over a dozen roads in Hiltons and near Weber City along the North Fork of the Holston River were still listed as closed due to flooding Friday morning, as were several roads in the Speers Ferry area along the Clinch River and in Fairview.


A detailed listed of flooded roads in Scott County can be found at www.511virginia.org.

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