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Icy morning commute for some East TN drivers

5:22 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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The ride to work for many East Tennessee drivers on Friday morning was delayed, non-existent or icy.

The snow caused back roads to pile up with ice, but the main routes were mostly clean and ready for travelers.

The slick roads and icy cars delayed Kevin Kimzey's ride to work, "I've been heating the car for about five minutes and there is a lot of ice."

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., he headed out the door. His workplace opened its doors a little later, thanks to all of the snow.

"It was pretty rough on the drive home last night. There were cars piled up. There are cars piled up on the side of the street over there," explained Kimzey.

T-DOT says they worked hard to put down salt where they could. Interstate 40 remained clear for the most part during the early morning hours. The normal Friday commute was noticeably thinned out, as many took a day off or delayed their start time. In addition, Knox County Schools were closed.

Driver, Rob Travis, said, "It is a late start. I was waiting for after I saw the trucks come through the neighborhood and salt everything down, I thought it was a good time to head on in."

Travis headed out the door shortly after nine, but not before admiring the winter wonderland, "It's beautiful. It was 70 degrees just a few days ago and now we have all of this beautiful snow. So, I got to play in the snow with my daughters this morning. So, that was a little bit of fun."

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