published Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Chattanooga: Snow falling, schools closing

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    Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press
    Normal Park student Ellie Swann makes a snowball after she and other Hamilton County students were dismissed from school at midday on Thursday due to accumulating snow.
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    Staff photo by Tim Barber - Snow falls on pedestrians at Broad and ML King at 11:45 a.m. The temperature showed 31-degrees on the UBS sign next to the Krystal Building.
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    Staff photo by Tracey Trumbull/Chattanooga Times Free Press - A pedestrian walks down Chattanooga's 11th Street Thursday Tuesday 010710 morning as snow begins to fall. Much of the U.S. is covered by unseasonably cold weather; the addition of snow is expected to complicate travel and other plans for residents.
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    Tilleigh Nazor checks out the snow about an hour ago in her yard in Walden.

Article: School closings

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    Snow has begun falling in the Chattanooga area. This photo was taken in the Hidden Brook neighborhood on Signal Mountain.

Snow is falling in the Chattanooga area.

All Hamilton County schools were being dismissed at noon, school officials said.

“This came in a lot faster than we were told,” said Danielle Clark, a spokesperson for Hamilton County Schools. “We were told a light dusting.”

The school buses will run their regular routes, said Ms. Clark.

High school and middle school students will be picked up first, and elementary students will leave 45 minutes later, she said.

All students should be home by 2 p.m. if they ride a bus. Parents who pick up their children should pick up their children beginning at noon. Because the snow is coming rather quickly and freezing, Ms. Clark said schools will not provide after school childcare.

School officials will meet tonight to decide whether or not the weather will require schools to be closed tomorrow, she said.

Cleveland City Schools will close Friday due to the weather but will finish today on regular schedule, officials said.

Cherokee Regional Library System libraries have closed today. That's Dade County, Chickamauga, LaFayette, and Rossville.

Signal Mountain police said the snow is light but is sticking to the ground.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has salted the problem areas on Signal Mountain to keep motorists safe, said Conney Shull, a Signal Mountain police dispatcher.

The police have asked TDOT to re-salt mountain roads now that it is snowing, she said.

Send your snow photos to webeditor@timesfreepress.com

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Ex_Cop said...

The shy is falling! The sky is falling! Chicken little had nothing over the people around here.

January 7, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.
dao1980 said...

no joke, where's the snow I was promised for the past week? And by snow I mean more than a mere sprinkle. Oh well, most of the people we give drivers licenses to just stare at the sky as they run into eachother here in the south anyways. Its probably best if the uskilled and the fearful dont get the small challenge of driving in "adverse conditions."

January 7, 2010 at 3:33 p.m.
Humphrey said...

“This came in a lot faster than we were told,” said Danielle Clark, a spokesperson for Hamilton County Schools. “We were told a light dusting.”

Well it is almost four, and I still only see a light dusting. Not enough in my yard to make a snowball with, and nothing stuck to the roads. What a waste of money.

January 7, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
luvmyfrg said...

Certainly the snow wasn't all that big of a deal. A "dusting". But the real problem is the ice. People feel comfortable and so start to drive fast and then hit the black ice and fly right off the road. There were many cars that had slid off and crashed on 75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga. All the bridges were completely iced over and I slipped around a bit too. Why isn't anyone out there salting? And why isn't anyone reporting on how to drive if you hit this ice? http://www.howtodothings.com/automotive/a3240-how-to-drive-on-black-ice.html

January 7, 2010 at 9:20 p.m.
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