Tribune-Courier General Manager
Marshall Countians spent much of their weekend scrambling to prepare for an arctic blast of cold weather and snowfall. Predictions of 4-8 inches of snowfall didn’t materialize, but periods of rain and sleet led to icy conditions as temperatures dropped over forty degrees throughout the day Sunday.
The system carrying arctic air made its way here, minus the snow, as forecast on Sunday evening. Single-digit temperatures greeted western Kentucky on Monday morning, with meteorologists saying the temperatures are the coldest since the mid-1990s.
Monday’s predicted high of 7 degrees was set to shatter the previous record of 13 degrees recorded on Jan. 6, 1940, according to Rick Shanklin of the National Weather Service in Paducah.
The low was 1.5 degrees, recorded at the Mesonet in Draffenville early Monday morning.
The National Weather Service in Paducah issued a wind chill advisory on Sunday which remains in effect until Tuesday, warning of “feels like” temperatures of 10 to 25 degrees below zero.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the teens today and hover near the freezing mark Wednesday. The mercury is expected to climb back into the upper 40s by the weekend.
Scott Jaco, owner of Benton Hardware, said sales were brisk in advance of the arrival of the cold weather. He said people were buying a variety of items including ice melt, kerosene and electric heaters, snow shovels, heat tape and propane. He said while he the rush left him low on some items, he has more on the way for the next round of winter weather.
Next door at King Brothers, shoppers were stocking up on staples and buying necessities in anticipation of the winter storm. Owner Ted King said snow predictions and cold weather led to brisk sales on Saturday.
“Anytime they predict snow and ice people stock up and that’s what they were doing. We sold a lot of bread and milk, but people were also buying meat. Our meat sales were busy all week,” said King.
He said trucks to restock shelves are running a day behind this week, with deliveries coming out of Indiana slowed by winter weather there.