Photo by Marla Gillespie in Elkton
Another winter weather system brought a coating of snow to the region overnight, though very few problems were reported early this morning.
A Hopkinsville-Christian County Emergency Communications Center dispatcher said they hadn’t received any reports of weather-related accidents at last check, though that’s also at least partly a product of very little traffic being out on a Saturday morning.
A dispatcher in Todd County said police have reported the roads being snow-covered and slick, but there have been no accidents. There were also no weather-related wrecks in Trigg County.
About a half-inch to an inch of snow fell across the area, with some locations seeing a little more. The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of snow Sunday night and Wednesday, but neither system is expected to be a huge deal at this point.
Photo from Todd Co. School system website
Todd County School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says district officials have been reviewing options for how to make up the 11 days they've missed for inclement weather this winter.
Making up three of the days is relatively easy. Benningfield says they will most likely have school on Presidents' Day, Good Friday and a day that had been set aside for professional development.
Todd County has only averaged missing three days each school year for winter weather in the past, so this year has certainly been unusual. Benningfield says a district has to miss at least 20 days before it can apply for emergency exemptions from the state, allowing some of the days to be forgiven.
The school system has posted photos on its website showing snow-covered road conditions in the northern part of the county. The temperature hasn't risen above freezing since Sunday and Benningfield says the bitterly cold weather has also caused temporary problems with heating systems this winter.
School districts across Kentucky and Tennessee are wrestling with the same issues and there are more chances of snow early next week.
Hopkinsville has failed to make it above 32 degrees since Sunday and the National Weather Service says more winter weather is on the way.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening until 6 a.m. for all of western Kentucky and from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. for middle Tennessee. One to two inches of dry powdery snow is expected in the southern Pennyrile counties of Christian, Todd and Trigg, generally coming between midnight and 6 a.m.
Cold temperatures around the 20 degree mark will make salt and brine much less effective, so road conditions are likely to deteriorate by sunrise.
A bill that would raise Kentucky's minimum wage to $10.10 over a three year period has passed the state House.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke, 4th District Representative Lynn Bechler of Marion and 5th District Representative Kenny Imes of Murray voted against House Bill 1.
Eighth District Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville, 15th District Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville and 16th District Representative Martha Jane King of Russellville were in favor of the legislation.
The bill is likely to run into more opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate. State Senator Whitney Westerfield has expressed concerns raising the minimum wage would do harm to small businesses and hurt job growth.
Pennyrile Electric has restored power to all of its members after about two days of hard work in the cold weather, freezing rain and snow.
Mark Giltner says they completed the job early Thursday evening.
Giltner says the Pennyrile Service region won't be completely out of the woods for additional outages until all of the ice has melted.