Jan. 23, 2019 – Sequatchie County Schools will be closed Thursday, Jan. 24, due to weather forecasts that predict a wintry mix before morning, especially on the mountains. The possibility of black ice could make driving conditions hazardous.
Schools in surrounding counties, including Grundy and Marion, are going to be closed, as well, in part due to weather but also because of flu, stomach virus, and other sickness.
Sequatchie County Director of Schools Pete Swafford announced Wednesday night that all the county schools will be closed Thursday, due to icing, “but we have sickness issues, also.”
Swafford said “hopefully” the local closing will be just one day.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Warning Wednesday at 8:36 p.m., and the Sequatchie County 911-Dispatch Center said Russell Street in Dunlap has been closed due to flooding.
The Flood Warning for Marion and Sequatchie counties states:
Heavy rain across the warned area has led to multiple road closures. Up to 2 ½ inches of rain have already fallen over six hours, with an additional ½ inch possible over the next hour or so.
The NWS forecast is calling for temperatures to drop and winds to pick up as rain ends before daybreak Thursday. By dawn, the wet roads and below-freezing temperature could cause a slick ice to form – called “black ice” – and make roads treacherous. Motorists venturing out in the morning are encouraged to exercise caution.