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Wintry mix hits East Tennessee

The snow made for a slick and messy commute on Saturday.

It started falling in North Knoxville around 10 a.m. and did not stop until around 11 a.m. After that, there were some snow flurries as well.

Many people stopped for gas at a Pilot station, including Victoria Day who is traveling from New Orleans to Baltimore.

"We had wonderful weather in Tennessee and then all of a sudden, we woke up this morning... a lot of snow," Day said.

The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad prepared equipment.

"We're getting our units together just in case we need some of our four-wheel drive trucks. We're checking our back roads which seem to be just a little bit more treacherous than most of your major roads," KVERS Aaron Myers said.

In Roane County alone, dispatch said there were 50 accidents on Saturday afternoon.

Crews have been treating the roads with brine and a mixture of salt, sand, and chips since 10 a.m.

Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson is preparing for a busy night.

"We'll probably be doing some brine and continue to do the salt and we'll continue to monitor roads this afternoon and tonight... The problem is going to be if the temperatures drop we could have a problem tonight going into tomorrow, especially for going to church," Ferguson said.

Ferguson said they ordered a new brine system on Monday.

It will be able to produce 3,600 gallons of brine per hour.

Campbell County also got lots of snow, but drivers there were being extremely cautious.

Dennis Degusie of Knoxville said, "It's been wet, but it hasn't been slippery at all. But it's right at 32 degrees so it could get slippery quick."

In Cumberland County, a Crossville father-son duo decided to take advantage of the inches of snow they found in their front yard by having a snowball fight.

Ten-year-old Anthony Flores said, "I was rolling [the snowball] up showing [dad] how we did it at my friend's house. As started showing him, he threw the [snowball] at me so I got a big chunk and just dumped it on him."

Flores' father Alex Perez said, "I know he's going to remember this all of his life, you know."

Flores and Perez both agree the ten year old won the battle.


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