Snow, cold sweeps through area
Bryson City had a dusting of snow with no more than an inch of accumulation overnight on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and the temperature was just 13 degrees at 7 a.m.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook and winter weather advisory for Swain, Graham and Haywood counties from noon Tuesday-7 a.m. Wednesday.
Swain County Public Schools had early dismissal on Tuesday at 1 p.m. and were closed to students Wednesday with an optional teacher work day.
Southwestern Community College also cancelled all evening classes on Tuesday.
Park facilities and most park roads were closed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday due to the freezing temperatures and snow.
No major incidents occurred in Swain County overnight due to the weather.
Brian Burch, NC DOT Division 14 acting division engineer, said DOT began tracking the storm over the weekend and positioned people to clear roads as early as Tuesday morning.
“It did come in as a rain event, which any pre-treatment it diluted that and washed it away,” Burch said.
“We did have crews out overnight,” he added.
Crews started working on secondary roads in Swain County Wednesday.
“We expect in Swain County to have our roads in really good shape (by Thursday),” he said. “We’ll continue to work 24/7 til all the roads are clear.”