There are still a few slick spots to be found on area roads Monday morning, but driving conditions are much improved after several hours of melting yesterday.
A Christian County ECC dispatcher says there have been a couple reports of ice patches on back roads, but there were no accidents overnight. She said the main roads seem to be in good shape.
A Todd County dispatcher said she had not received any complaints at all regarding road conditions overnight.
Kentukcy Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd is urging motorists to use appropriate caution this morning and to be on the lookout for areas of refreezing or black ice.
One of the main problems that came from Sunday morning's freezing rain was power outages in the area. There were well over 1,000 Pennyrile Electric members in Todd County without power at one time and isolated outages were noted near Crofton and on Pembroke-Fairview Road in Christian County. Logan County also had significant outages.
Most of the outages in Todd County were along U.S. 68-80 and northward and Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile Electric says those problems came from weighted down lines and trees.
The ice melting off the lines helped take some weight off, but Gilkey said it also caused additional problems when those lines bounced back up.
Crews worked through the night to repair the outages and Gilkey said all but 14 members in the north part of Pennyrile's Russellville District were back on by 6 a.m.
Local students got one more day out of school Monday thanks to the winter weather, with the Christian, Todd, Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Caldwell and Lyon public school systems and Heritage Christian Academy among those canceling.
There will be a special election in three western Kentucky counties Tuesday to replace a state lawmaker who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Voters in Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties will choose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield to replace former Seventh District State Representative John Arnold.
Arnold resigned earlier this year after he was accused of sexually harassing female staff members.
Elsewhere, voters in Lexington will choose between Democrat Reggie Thomas and Republican Michael Johnson to replace State Senator Kathy Stein, who was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to fill an open judge seat in Fayette County earlier this year.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. local time in both races and both political parties have a strong interest in gaining or keeping seats in General Assembly.
An Eddyville man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a single-vehicle wreck Saturday night.
Kentucky State Police say 30-year old Sam Walston of Eddyville was southbound on Chestnut Oak Road near Kuttawa around 9 p.m., when he lost control of his pickup on the icy pavement and ran off the road and into a tree.
Walston sustained multiple injuries and was taken first to Caldwell County Hospital and later to Vanderbilt. Police say he was wearing his seat belt.
The U.S. 68-80 Cumberland River Bridge near Canton in Trigg County was briefly closed Saturday night after it was struck by a passing barge.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says the U.S. Coast Guard received notice around 6:30 that the Motor Vessel James H. Hunter scraped against one of the piers on the bridge. The captain indicated a gust of wind pushed the tow of 15 empty coal barges into the pier.
The bridge had to be temporarily closed while crews inspected it for damage and traffic resumed a little after 8 p.m.
The US 68/KY 80 Cumberland River/Lake Barkley Bridge, also known as the Lawrence Memorial Bridge and the Canton Bridge, carries approximately 3,800 vehicles across Lake Barkley/The Cumberland River in an average day.
The wintry precipitation may have stopped late last evening, but frigid air that moved in overnight left the roads still slick.
A dispatcher at the Christian County ECC said there are still slick roads everywhere, including some city streets and portions of Interstate 24. She says several cars slid off Greenville Road overnight and had to be pulled back onto the pavement. Kentucky Highway 115 from Fairview to Oak Grove is another road that’s particularly slick.
In Trigg County, dispatchers say there were no accidents overnight, but roads remain slick and hazardous.
Roads are particularly hazardous in the north part of Todd County, according to a dispatcher, who says there were not any accidents overnight.
Christian County Road Department Superintendent Chuck Chambers is asking motorists to not get out on the roads until conditions improve unless you absolutely have to.
Middle Tennessee, including Montgomery, Stewart and Robertson counties, is already under a Winter Weather Advisory from 9 p.m. Saturday evening until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
Forecasters there are expecting between a tenth and two tenths of ice accumulations to impact driving conditions and to combine with yesterday’s storm to down a few limbs and cause isolated power outages.
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