Trigg hit by surprise snowstorm Monday
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Cars worked their way up and down Main Street (pictured) and other roads when the county received several inches of snow on Monday.
Cars worked their way up and down Main Street (pictured) and other roads when the county received several inches of snow on Monday.
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More snow and colder temperatures than were expected lead to several mid-day closings and harsh driving conditions later in the day.

The city and county offices closed at 11 a.m. and 12 noon, respectively, and the schools also closed around mid-day. A Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting was also cancelled. But even with the early closing, some buses were stuck on the roads.

Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam said there were 26 vehicles stuck on or off the road, including, a tractor-trailer that jack knifed on Linton Road near the fire department. Burnam also said the sheriff’s department responded to five school buses that were stuck, and took several students to their homes.

However, while there were a lot of vehicles abandoned and left on the roadway, there were no injury accidents in the county, said Burnam.

“We ask that if you run off the road or get stuck to please call Trigg County Dispatch and let us know where it is located and when you can have it moved in a reasonable amount of time,” Burnam said. “If we see a vehicle, trailer or any other object in any part of the roadway we have no option but to remove it or have it towed for safety reasons.”

Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said that save for a fender bender, there were no accidents in the city, and while there were vehicles slipping on the road, any cars actually stuck on the road were probably in the county.

Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said the original forecast for Monday was for maybe 1 – 2 inches of snow, and the roads had not been pre-treated on Sunday because of the rain. The county got at least 2 – 3 times what was predicted

“I think we were all caught a little flatfooted, but we’ve done the best we could,” said Humphries.

The county asked local farmers who have tractors and blades to help clear some the roads that the county and city road crews weren’t able to get to, said Humphries, who thanked them for their help in clearing the roads.

Humphries said that while the roads have been cleared and salt has been laid down, there are probably some roads that are still slick and dangerous.

By at least Tuesday morning, the main roads were mostly clear, and the city and county offices were open, but the schools were closed. Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said that there have been seven days were the schools were closed completely and five days were school was delayed or closed early.

However, Hamby says that as of right now, school will probably still let out before Memorial Day weekend.

Another 1 – 2 inches of snow has been forecast for Wednesday.

The next fiscal court meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, as Feb. 21 is President’s Day.
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