Blount County Schools are closed today for the second day in a row because of the season’s first snow.

The National Weather Service said Blount County and the surrounding area should be free of precipitation for the rest of the week, but will experience temperatures well below freezing today and much of Thursday.

Morning temperatures today will be between 10-15 degrees with winds between 10-20 mph, with a high around 25-30 degrees. Thursday will start in the teens and warm up just above freezing with highs around 35-40.

While snowfall ended early Tuesday afternoon, residual moisture and temperatures well below freezing posed enough of a threat to some Blount County roads.

“The areas that are prone to puddle are likely to freeze,” county Highway Superintendent Jeff Headrick said Tuesday afternoon. “We did a good job today clearing the slush and didn’t have many issues, but it’s pretty tough to deal with the ice ahead of time.”

Headrick said that though the temperatures will be low today and Thursday, he hopes the sun will help the ice melt. He added that the county will have crews scraping ice in the worst spots.

With crews hitting the roads at the first sign of messy conditions around 6 a.m. Tuesday, most county roads stayed clear enough for safe driving throughout the day.

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