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Snow forces school closings

The view from East Rim Overlook in the Big South Fork NRRA.

The view from East Rim Overlook in the Big South Fork NRRA. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett.)

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HUNTSVILLE — A light, late-season snowfall forced the Scott County School System to cancel classes Thursday. The Oneida Special School District opened on a one-hour inclement weather delay.

About one inch of snow fell across the northern Cumberland Plateau overnight Wednesday into Thursday, sticking primarily to grassy and elevated surfaces. Few problems were reported on local roadways, which remained relatively snow-free due to the light nature of the snowfall and the recent warm temperatures.

According to WBNT radio, both Meals on Wheels and F.A.I.T.H. Meals canceled runs Thursday due to the snow, while Scott Appalachian Industries’ vans did not run.

The Boys & Girls Club of Scott County opened at 10 a.m. to admit children from the county school system.

The school closure came as sickness caused absentee rates to soar in local schools. Contagious strains of stomach virus and strep throat have caused numerous students and staff to miss school in both systems. The illness has been a lingering problem that began before the Christmas break, but has worsened in recent weeks. However, both school systems indicated Wednesday that the level of absentees has not quite reached the critical number that prompts school closures.

Weather forecasters are calling for more light snow as the weekend approaches. At the National Weather Service’s Morristown field office, which covers Scott County, meteorologists forecasted chances of rain and snow through Saturday night, with light accumulations possible Thursday night and Friday night, primarily over higher elevations. The NWS’s Nashville field office forecasted up to three inches for parts of the northern Cumberland Plateau overnight Friday into Saturday.

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