By Kayla Carter
Just two days into the new year, a snowy forecast and an sudden visit from bitter cold had the Carter County Highway Department prepping for a long weekend.
While Carter County dodged the worst of the icy weather – dozens of ice-related crashes were reported in Sullivan and Hawkins counties on Thursday – some rural roads in Carter and Johnson counties were snow-covered in places with ice common.
The National Weather service forecast this morning called for clearing conditions with highs only reaching into the mid-20s and a lows in the low teens tonight. Saturday and early Sunday are expected to be warmer, with highs in the 40s before the bottom drops out Sunday evening.
Starting out with rain Sunday afternoon, temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Sunday night with an 80 percent chance of snow.
Monday’s highs are expected to be in the 20s with a chance of snow, with temperatures falling to near zero Monday night.