Sunday morning’s freezing rain combined with ice accumulations from Thursday night and Friday to cause some power outages in the area.
There were isolated outages in Christian County near Crofton and on Pembroke-Fairview Road, but Todd and Logan counties were hit hardest.
Well over 1,000 customers have been in the dark at times in Todd County throughout Sunday, including almost 700 customers near the Sharon Grove-Claymour area and about 400 customers along 68-80 from the Christian-Todd County line to KY 181 at Elkton.
A little fewer than 200 members were without power in the Hadden Mill Road-Miller Valley Road area and 126 customers on KY 181 were without electricity.
Pennyrile Electric Spokesman Brent Gilkey said crews from all of their counties were spending the day trying to fix the outages, which resulted from weighted down lines and trees.
He says crews will be out in the elements working hard to get the lights back on as soon as possible.
CDE Lightband of Clarksville also reported multiple major outages through the day that impacted large residential and business areas of the city, including Madison Street and Riverside Drive.
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.
Stay tuned to the WHOP Family of Stations and monitor our websites and Facebook page for the latest on this developing weather situation.
Ice played a role in a three-vehicle wreck on I-24 near the Kentucky-Tennessee line Friday afternoon.
Kentucky State Police say 27-year old April Harvey of Clarksville was westbound near the 91 mile-marker around 2:30 when she lost control of her SUV on the Red River Bridge and hit the bridge abutment.
The collision caused her to slide back onto the pavement, hitting a tractor-trailer driven by 30-year old James Floyd of Iowa and a car driven by 28-year old James Powell, Jr. of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Harvey’s vehicle came to rest in the median and she was taken by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Powell and Floyd were not hurt.