KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Snow that fell on East Tennessee will be short lived as temperatures well above freezing and abundant sunshine move into the region.
Between 1 and 5 inches of snow fell Thursday from Knoxville northeastward into the Tri-Cities, making the evening commute an ordeal and knocking out electric power to thousands of customers. There were lesser snow depths down the river valley into Chattanooga.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported nearly 27,000 customers lost power at the peak of Thursday night's snowfall.
Rain turned to sleet and then to snow Thursday afternoon in Johnson City. Electricity failed for about 1,500 customers. The Johnson City Press reported most had power back by 8:30 p.m.
The entire region is expected to get sunshine and temperatures into the 40s on Friday.
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