Significant progress has been made in restoring power to people who were left in the dark after Tuesday’s ice storm.
Mark Giltner of Pennyrile Electric says the number of members without power in Christian County is down to 567, including 182 on Dawson Springs Road. An outage on Old Fruit Hill and Wade Road has 45 members without power and 36 members on Bainbridge Road are out.
Todd County has the most members without power at 601. Pennyrile says 236 of those members are in the Dunmore-Deerlick Road area and 121 are in the Allegre vicinity.
There are 144 members in Trigg County still in the dark and the number in Logan County is down to nine.
All Hopkinsville Electric System customers who had lost power are back on and Kentucky Utilities isn’t reporting any Christian County outages.
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says roads continue to be slick and hazardous, especially in the north end of the county and on bridges and overpasses.
The National Weather Service says parts of Christian County got a half inch of ice Tuesday after temperatures never got above the freezing mark as was forecast. There are more chances of snow this weekend, but those weather systems are not expected to cause major problems at this time.
Utility crews continue to work on restoring electricity to those who lost it during yesterday and last night's ice storm.
Mark Giltner of Pennyrile Electric says 1,217 members in the Hopkinsville district are without power, 765 in Todd County, 302 in Trigg and 87 in Logan.
The largest outages are around Dawson Springs Rd, the Princeton/Bainbridge Road area, Madisonville Road, Old Fruit Hill Road, Wade Road and the Apex area.
Hopkinsville Electric System General Manager Austin Carroll said all outages have been fixed and Kentucky Utilities isn't reporting any outages in Christian County.
Western Kentucky Disposal has canceled their trash pick up for residents in the City of Crofton, due to sagging power lines, downed limbs and ice on streets. They hope to resume collection tomorrow.
School was out again in Christian and surrounding counties and Hopkinsville Community College operated on a delay.
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says roads continue to be slick and hazardous, especially in the north end of the county. Any areas that had melted could re-freeze as temperatures fall through the 20's.
The National Weather Service says parts of Christian County got a half inch of ice after temperatures never got above the freezing mark as was forecast. There are more chances of snow this weekend, but those weather systems are not expected to cause major problems at this time.
photo provided by Heather Lancaster
Tree across Linton Road/photo from Trigg Co. SO Facebook page
Temperatures hovering around the freezing mark all day and heavy rains combined to cause ice accumulations and flash flooding in the southern Pennyrile and the rest of western Kentucky yesterday and last night.
Thousands of households in Christian, Todd and Trigg counties have been without power at some point through the evening and nighttime hours. Utility crews remain out this morning trying to get the over 3,000 Pennyrile Electric customers still without power back on. Officials say 1,322 of those members are in Christian County, 960 are in Todd and 960 are in Trigg.
About 100 HES customers remain without power. There were 500-600 out at the peak time last night. Crews worked through the night to restore those outages and they are still out this morning.
Many volunteer fire departments have also been called to assist highway crews in removing fallen trees from roads. A tree fell on a house on Armstrong Street in Russellville, with no one injured.
An emergency shelter was opened up at Petrie Memorial United Methodist Church in Elkton for anyone needing a warm place to stay. Much of Todd County north of North Todd Elementary School remains without power this morning.
The forecast had been for mainly rain along the Kentucky-Tennessee border counties, but it just never quite warmed up enough to stop the freezing rain. The southern Pennyrile was placed under a Winter Weather Advisory in the early afternoon and was upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning a few hours later.
Many roads were treated before, during and after the precipitation, but motorists should use caution, especially on lesser traveled roads and on bridges and overpasses.
Flooding has also been a problem. A dispatcher at the Christian County ECC said Hopkinsville Fire Department Substation 3 flooded due to water backing up out of the frozen drainage ditch. No homes were evacuated in Christian County, but roads flooded in many of the normal spots.
Merriweather and First Street remain closed due to flooding in Guthrie and Tress Shop Road is closed at the Coon Hunters Club, according to a Todd County dispatcher. She says high water remains a problem on several roadways, including East Main Street in Elkton at the bridge.
Schools are closed today in Christian, Todd, Trigg, Caldwell Hopkins, Logan, Muhlenberg and Stewart counties and at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and Heritage Christian Academy. University Heights Academy and Fort Campbell schools are on a two hour delay.
A bill that would allow Kentucky high school students to use computer programing courses to meet their foreign language requirement has passed the State Senate.
Senate Bill 16 is sponsored by Senator David Givens of Green County and received bi-partisan support in the Education Committee and on the floor. Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville was among those supporting it and says it gives students options to develop skills in a booming industry.
There are some concerned the legislation is a way to diminish the importance of traditional foreign language offerings, but Senator Westerfield says he doesn't see it that way.
The legislation is now in the House and could be heard by that Education Committee.
While the southern Pennyrile didn't get the four inches of snow predicted by the National Weather Service for Sunday night, you didn't have to drive far to find places that did.
The National Weather Service says Madisonville and Mortons Gap both got four inches of snow, Providence got six inches and Paducah got a little over six.
The ice was more than enough to cause slick roads in areas of Christian, Todd and Trigg counties, with motorists still urged to use appropriate caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and lesser-traveled roads.
Another weather system will impact the region Tuesday and Tuesday night, but National Weather Service Forecaster Chris Noles says it should be mainly a rain-maker in the southern Pennyrile with temperatures above the freezing mark for most of the event.
You can find a complete list of all our weather closings and cancellations on our website, whopam.com, by clicking on the snowflake at the upper right hand corner of the screen.