Calm after the snow

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Updated: 2/13/2014 6:46 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Spring may be just around the corner but it appears mother nature wanted to remind us it's still winter.

By 4 A.M. after the heavy snow had passed, Chattanooga looked like a winter wonderland under twilight. While most people were still sleep, Kescie Griffin and her friends were hitting the slopes in North Chattanooga.

"like we been doing all of this," Griffin said while referring to the sled mars they created in the snow.

By sunrise, all the snow covering the scenic city and surrounding areas began to melt and people began venturing outdoors on foot while others enjoyed downhill sledding where ever they could find it.

"We don't get it very often, but when we do, it's nice to get out and enjoy it," said Sabra and Paul Stuermer of Chattanooga.

"We knew it was going to melt before the day was out so we figure we get out early," said Randy Bonner.

"I'm dying for spring but if it's not going to be spring, yet, this is great," said Brandon Carns.

Unfortunately, several inches of snow was not great for everyone, especially motorist.

"We had one fatality up on Hwy 58 area and then we had another pretty serious crash on the Dayton Blvd. exit," said Hamilton County EMS spokesperson Amy Maxwell.

Traffic crashes were not the only concern during the Wednesday night snowfall.
"We started getting calls in around 9pm regarding trees that are down," Maxwell said.

Fallen trees blocked roadways and caused power outages. They also caused property damage. Despite those problems, Hamilton County officials believe the area fared pretty well overall.

"We were fortunate, that we didn't have a lot more serious accidents. I know that we've had a lot of trees down. We've had a lot of property damage around here but like I said, we've had so many people out working all hours of the night and I think it really could have been a lot worst us," Maxwell said.

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