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Snow and Freezing Cold Temperatures Hit Knoxville and East Tennessee: Live Updates

Winter has arrived in East Tennessee, bringing with it snowfall and freezing temperatures. As the weather service predicts 4 to 8 inches of snow, conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day. In this article,...

Winter has arrived in East Tennessee, bringing with it snowfall and freezing temperatures. As the weather service predicts 4 to 8 inches of snow, conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day. In this article, we will provide you with live updates on the storm, road conditions, closures, and tips to keep yourself and your home safe.

Snowstorm Rolling Through East Tennessee

Residents in Knoxville and areas north should expect 5 to 8 inches of snow, while areas towards the Great Smoky Mountains may see about an inch less. The snow is expected to stop on January 16th, but the bitter cold and significant wind may bring temperatures below zero. It is advised to only travel when necessary and to be prepared with safety kits and warm clothing. Don't forget to check on elderly family members and neighbors, and ensure your pets are in a warm area.

Snowstorm Image: Snowstorm in Knoxville

McGhee Tyson Airport Suspends Flights

Due to inclement weather, flights at McGhee Tyson Airport have been suspended for the rest of the evening. Passengers are advised to check with their respective airlines for flight status updates. Airport crews will be working diligently to prepare for flights on January 16th.

School Closures in East Tennessee

Many schools across East Tennessee have decided to close for January 16th or even longer. Stay updated with our continually updated list of school closures.

University of Tennessee Campus Closure

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus will be closed on January 16th. However, online classes will proceed as scheduled. Vol Dining will provide accommodations for students living on campus during the break.

TVA Ensures Power Grid Stability

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) assures residents that they have had no problems meeting power demands despite the bitter cold. However, they anticipate possible record demand on the morning of January 17th. To save power and reduce costs on your bill, the TVA recommends opening blinds in direct sunlight to allow warmth in and adjusting thermostats slightly lower than usual comfort levels. Avoid running major appliances during peak hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knoxville Road Conditions and Closures

Please be aware that all lanes of Interstate 75 North are currently closed at Callahan Drive due to a crash. Locust Street, between Hill Avenue and Neyland Avenue, is also closed. The city of Knoxville has pretreated roads and crews are actively plowing as the snow accumulates. Expect slippery road conditions and plan for potentially hazardous morning and evening commutes.

KAT Suspends Service

Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has suspended services in light of worsening conditions. Stay updated with the latest bus information through KAT's website, Facebook, or by calling 865-637-3000. You can also use KAT's Transit app.

Event Cancellations and Closures

Due to the inclement weather, several events and businesses have been affected. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tribute Service has been postponed, and the MLK Jr. Day event in downtown Sevierville has been canceled. Zoo Knoxville will be closed until further notice. Many government offices, libraries, and recreation centers in Knox County and Knoxville are also closed. Take note of the closures before heading out.

Warming Shelters in Knoxville and Sevierville

For those in need, warming centers are available in Knoxville and Sevierville. Cokesbury Church, Vestal United Methodist Church, and Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church are hosting overnight emergency warming centers. In Sevierville, the First United Methodist Church will open a warming center daily from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to support these centers, and donations of sleeping bags, comforters, socks, and underwear are welcome.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closure

Hazardous conditions have led to the closure of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stay updated by calling 865-436-1200 or visiting the park's Facebook or website.

Stay Safe in the Cold

To keep yourself and your home safe during freezing temperatures, take precautions. Follow these steps to ensure your car runs smoothly, prevent frozen pipes, and stay prepared for power outages.

As the winter storm continues, stay informed with these live updates. Remember to prioritize safety and help those in need. Stay warm, East Tennessee!

Disclaimer: This blog post contains information that may be outdated. Please refer to our newest weather updates for the most current information.