A heavy wet snow caused widespread power outages throughout the EPB system starting with the resumption of snow Wednesday afternoon.
About 25,000 customers were without service as of 9 a.m. EPB officials said, "Our dispatch center has been busy coordinating crews in the field. About 25,000 customers without power, crews are doing their best to clear trees and restore service."
In an 8 a.m. message, EPB officials said, "EPB crews have been working through the night and morning to restore power outages. Crews from Nashville and Knoxville are expected to arrive within the hour to help with the restoration. About 24,000 homes and businesses are without power, with the heaviest concentration of outages from North Chattanooga/Red Bank to Sale Creek/Graysville. Numerous outages are scattered throughout the area. Please be very careful when going outside, because tree limbs weighed down by the snow are contacting and downing power lines. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to restore customers as quickly as we can. An outage map is available at EPB.net, and you may call us anytime at 423-648-1372."
Spokesman John Pless said at 7 a.m., "As of now we have about 24,000 homes and businesses without power. The heavy snowfall is weighing down branches on power lines. We have all crews working, and are expecting 22 crews from Nashville and Knoxville to start arriving within the hour.
The most heavily impacted areas are from Red Bank to Sale Creek and Graysville, but numerous outages are also scattered around the area.
"I have more than 9 inches of snow on the ground where I am, so I will attempt to get to our Distribution Center."
Janice Atkinson of the sheriff's office gave this road report at 7 a.m.,
Here is a list of issues causing traveling delays:
10,000 block of Highway 58 lanes blocked due to a fallen tree.
Boy Scout Road @Hampton Woods Circle tree down.
Boy Scout Road @ Banks a tree down.
Montlake Road is reported icy.
Middle Valley Road is reported icy.
If you have to travel, please use extreme caution otherwise stay indoors until the weather and road conditions improve.
Later in the morning with the sun coming out and temperatures getting warmer much of the snow was turning to slush on area roadways.
Roy Exum gave this report from Lookout Mountain, Tn., at 6 a.m.:
"We had a big snow on Lookout. I measured six inches a minute ago.There was no snow on top of my car at 6 p.m. last night and at 6 a.m. this morning I measured 5 1/2.They are already scraping the streets."
EPB officials said at 3 a.m.: "Relentless heavy snow continues taking a toll on trees and power lines. About 20,000 homes and businesses are without power, heaviest concentration in Red Bank, Hixson, Middle Valley up to Sale Creek. Outages also scattered in numerous areas system wide. All of our crews are doing their best to restore power."
At 7 a.m., the outage map showed over 500 without power at Hixson-Northgate, Soddy Daisy, Rossville-Fort Oglethorpe, Bakewell-Sale Creek, Red Bank-Moccasin Bend, East Chattanooga, Harrison-Highway 58, Brainerd, East Ridge, North Chattanooga, East Brainerd, Shallowford-Tyner and South Broad Street. There were 200-500 outages at Lookout Valley, Chattanooga Valley, Hamilton-Gunbarrel and Ooltewah-Collegedale.
Six inches or more of new snow fell after dark on Wednesday, especially in the mountainous sections.
There were multiple calls on power lines down.
Many calls were for limbs and branches falling on lines.
At 9:30 p.m. there were between 200-500 customers without power in East Brainerd. There were between 100-200 without power in East Ridge, in Harrison-Highway 58 and in Hixson-Northgate.
By 10 p.m., there were over 500 outages at Bakewell-Sale Creek. There were 200-500 at Hixson-Northgate. There were over 100 at East Ridge, Soddy Daisy, Harrison-Highway 58 and Rossville-Fort Oglethorpe.
At 10:20 p.m., there were over 500 at Hixson-Northgate without power. There were 200-500 at Soddy Daisy, Bakewell-Sale Creek and East Ridge. There were over 100 at Harrison-Highway 58, Rossville-Fort Oglethorpe and East Brainerd.
EPB put out this message at 10:30 p.m. - EPB has called in additional crews, which are working to restore outages scattered throughout Hamilton County. The weight of the heavy, wet snow is causing tree limbs to drop on power lines. We currently have about 2,500 to 2,800 customers without power, most of them running up the Highway 27 corridor from Hixson to Sale Creek, and East Ridge to Harrison. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers, and are working as quickly as we can to get everyone restored. We are always available at 423-648-1372, and EPB.net. We will have more updates here on Facebook and Twitter.
The Red Cross is advising residents who lose power not to try to leave their homes. The agency sent this message: "Remember: if you lose power: SHELTER in PLACE. Use blankets/clothes & keep fridge/freezer closed. Safer at home than on icy roads."
The condition of area roads started deteriorating Wednesday night.
Hamilton County 911 sent this message: "Road conditions are not good in many areas, please stay home and stay safe."
Due to potential hazardous road conditions caused by the inclement weather, CARTA will begin its bus services at 8 a.m. on Thursday. For more information and to confirm a bus schedule, please call the CARTA Information Line at 629-1473 or visit the website at www.gocarta.org.