Marshall County snowplows to continuously clear roads PHOTO

A snowplow cleared Boatright Drive in Palma on Monday morning.

As the Purchase District gets pelted with snow this week, Marshall County’s plows are working hard to keep local roads clear.

Road Department Supervisor Roy Wadkins said Monday that it would be a busy week for his plow drivers as they continually sweep across the county’s road system before snow gets too high.

“I would advise people to stay off the roads, and it gives us time. The less traffic on the roads it is, (the) easier for us to remove the snow from the road. It doesn’t get packed on the road,” Wadkins said.

Upon finishing the county’s roads, he said the plows would start over again. However, he noted that the dry snow is particularly dangerous for his drivers as it blows onto the windshield more than usual, slowing the process down some.

The Tribune-Courier reached out to Emergency Management Director Wade Boggs and Assistant Judge-Executive Brad Warning for comment on additional county plans but no calls were returned by press time Monday morning.

Highway crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet were also working to clear roads, specifically the state’s highways. According to a press release, workers will remain on 13-hour shift rotations for the rest of the week, with shift changes occurring at midnight and noon each day. As of Monday, crews were focused on priority “A” routes, like “interstates, parkways, U.S. highways and some other four-lane routes.” For Marshall County, that means I-24, I-69, U.S. 68, U.S. 62, and U.S. 641.

KYTC District 1 also reported that Tuesday would provide some relief, but more snow is expected across the region from Wednesday to Thursday evening.

On the homefront, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation has some winter preparedness tips on their website for local residents to protect their homes from heavy snow and icefall.

  • Allow faucets to drip or trickle during to keep the pipes from freezing. Learn how to shut the water off if the pipes burst.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy, and make sure everyone in the household knows how to use it.
  • Ensure that there is at least one gallon of water per person. An average person drinks approximately three-quarters of a gallon a day, which would last three days. Stock up if possible.
  • Store at least three days-worth of nonperishable food for your household and any pets. Be sure to consider “special dietary needs,” like baby formula for infants.
  • Have a first-aid kit, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and other medical supplies available.
  • Pack sanitation supplies.
  • Be sure to have battery backups for important equipment, like oxygen, assistive mobility devices, and other such technologies.
  • Have extra clothing, blankets and sleeping bags.

On Monday, WPSD Local 6 predicted warmer temperatures over the upcoming weekend. Temperatures are projected between the mid 30s and low 40s for Sunday. Some light rainfall is also possible.