On the meteorological calendar, spring begins March 1.
Someone forgot to tell Ol’ Man Winter.
A late season winter storm impacted much of Tennessee and the Mid-South Sunday evening into Monday afternoon, leaving sleet and ice in its wake and forcing dozens of cancellations in Scott County.
After temperatures in the 60s for most of the day on Sunday, much colder weather arrived Sunday night, causing rain to change to freezing rain near daybreak Monday morning. While ice deposits were generally light — only a couple of tenths of an inch across much of Scott County — they were enough to cause some sporadic damages, including broken tree limbs and, in some cases, shallow-rooted trees to uproot.
Road conditions deteriorated as Monday morning progressed, forcing most of Scott County to come to a halt. Among the offices closed all day or that closed early Monday were Scott County government offices and all state government offices.
Oneida, Scott County, Roane State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology all canceled classes Monday. Oneida and county schools remained closed on Tuesday. For the county, Tuesday marked the last of its 13 built-in snow days; Oneida still has a handful remaining.
Main roads quickly improved late Monday morning and into the afternoon, despite temperatures that continued to drop as the day progressed. Some slick spots remained on secondary streets, however, into Tuesday morning.
The brunt of the storm’s impact was felt west of Nashville, where several inches of sleet were recorded in towns such as Clarksville and Dyersburg, with temperatures in the teens on Monday. There, even interstates remained ice-covered and treacherous into Tuesday.
Forecasters said much warmer weather would return by the middle of the week, with 60s possible by the weekend. But, they warned, another bout or two with winter weather cannot be ruled out in the weeks ahead.