Winter storm not severe
Dec 26, 2012 | 1974 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Overnight snow on Christmas and Dec. 26 did not reach projections calling for a foot or more and no incidents were reported related to weather.

Judge-Executive Mike Miller said the county road department was unable to pre-treat roads with salt and brine before the storm due to rain. By Wednesday morning, roads had been plowed and were passable.

“I think some of the river counties got hammered more than we did,” Miller said.

Kentucky's Mesonet weather monitoring system reported less than a half-inch of snow at its tracking site in Draffenville.

Jim Packett, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Paducah, said the storm had a banding effect. Areas under a snow band could have seen significant snow fall.

“Areas next to a band might have seen hardly any snow at all,” Packett said. “Southern Illinois and southern Indiana were some of the hardest-hit. Western Kentucky was one of the least-affected areas, that's for sure.”

Packett said forecasts for the next two weeks show little potential for additional winter storms.

“So far, so good,” Sheriff Kevin Byars said of the winter storm. “We haven't had any issues at all. Everything's been good.”

Byars said he thought more residents stayed home and heeded warnings to stay off roads.

“We want everyone to take it easy and stay safe during winter storms,” Byars said.

Trooper Jay Thomas, public information officer for the Kentucky State Police at Post 1 in Mayfield, said he was a part of additional patrols for winter weather.

“The trooper working Marshall County said roads were pretty clear,” Thomas said. “Traffic volumes have been lighter and not as many people are getting out. We've had no weather-related accidents and that's a good thing.”

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