Spring-like weather follows another round of snow
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Before the snow from last Monday’s surprise snowstorm could melt, as many as six more inches hit Trigg County last Wednesday as well, leading to more closings.

The school was closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, although Thursday’s Trigg County Board of Education meeting was held as scheduled. Many places, like the Trigg County Senior Citizens Center, closed early on Wednesday.

“We have a salt supply on hand for this snow event with additional material ordered for other possible snows,” Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said last week, responding to rumors that the county was out of salt.

One of the county’s snow plows overturned on Thursday while plowing Watts Drive near Ky. 164 in the Linton area, but Brandon Calhoun, the driver, was uninjured, and the plow received only minor damage, said Humphries.

Calhoun was trying to drive up a hill and started sliding, Humphries said. He also said that this demonstrates just how dangerous icy or snowy roads can be.

Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also said that the state’s road crews still have salt, and will have more shortly.

State officials urged motorists to restrict travel in western Kentucky because of hazardous driving conditions, as snowfall amounts exceeded forecasts, and plunging temperatures limited the effectiveness of salt treatments.

“Transportation Cabinet crews will do everything possible to keep roadways open,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “But when conditions are hazardous, motorists should drive only when absolutely necessary.”

When temperatures drop below 18 degrees it diminishes the impact of salt and other ice-fighting chemicals. With lows expected down in the teens overnight crews will be limited in their ability to improve driving conditions. Low temps can also turn something as simple as a flat tire into a life-threatening situation.

Humphries said the temperatures, which dipped into the single digits, made the snow and ice from Wednesday’s snow event harder to clear from the roads than the snow and ice from last Monday’s snowstorm.

State and county road crews made the main roads drivable on Wednesday and Thursday. Humphries said that like last Monday’s surprise snowstorm, local farmers came out to help plow roads in the county.

In Blue Springs Shores, Joe Wolf plowed people’s driveways and the roads in that neighborhood, said Blue Springs Shores resident Walter Nolte.

“The residents of Blue Springs Shores are certainly blessed with such a good neighbor as “Joe Wolf,” Nolte said. “Every snowstorm we get, our Joe digs us out! Thanks Joe for being such a caring person.”

The Kentucky Mesonet, which records temperatures and weather conditions for most of the counties in the commonwealth, recorded a low of 8.9 degrees below zero on Friday.

Kyle Thompson, one of the people at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green who maintains the stations, insists that the readings are accurate. He said that late last week, there wasn’t enough cloud cover to keep warm air near ground level at night, which is why it was warmer during the actual snowstorms.

It started warming up on Saturday and Sunday, and this week so far has seen temperatures up into the 60s, temperatures that have been forecast for the rest of the week.

Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contributed to this story.
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