Hamilton County, other area school districts closed Friday due to weather concerns

Snowfall in Chattanooga area Thursday causes many school closings, delays Friday

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / The snow covered tracks of the Incline Railway is seen from St. Elmo on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

While most of the Tennessee Valley saw rain Thursday and a light dusting of snow at higher elevations, some areas received a more substantial amount. Several school districts, including Hamilton County, called off classes for Friday because of the threat of ice on the roads.

Tennessee's east Polk and east Monroe counties and Cherokee County, N.C., were on an advisory from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST Thursday, according to our news partner WRCB. Georgia's Fannin and Gilmer counties were from 5 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday. Some of these locations were expected to see one to four inches of snowfall.

The rain began before sunrise Thursday and gradually changed over to snow in the afternoon in Tennessee. The changeover was a bit slower in North Georgia.