Schools, government offices and even the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus are closed today in the wake of a winter storm that dumped nearly six inches of snow at McGee-Tyson airport overnight.
The 5.8 inch measurement at the airport represents the highest snowfall amount there in 21 years, according to the National Weather Service. The last time McGhee-Tyson recorded a higher snowfall amount was during the Blizzard of 1993, when 11.1 inches of snow fell at the airport. The top one-day snowfall total of 17.5 inches came exactly 54 years prior to Wednesday's storm (February 13, 1960).
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there may still be some light snow this afternoon in the mountains outside of Knoxville. The next chance for snow in the valley comes Friday night, when freezing temperatures will turn rain over to snow after midnight. However, the NWS suggests accumulation will likely be less than an inch.