U.S. 68-80 between Hopkinsville and Elkton
Hopkinsville Police officers have assisted hundreds of motorists stuck in the snow and ice this week and they say some of those issues could be prevented.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray says a large number of drivers have become stuck after attempting to cross the Fort Campbell Boulevard center turn lane where snow has been piled up by plows clearing the roadway.
Police are asking motorists to simply find a spot to make the turnaround where there is not snow mounded up.
Officer Ray says a majority of calls for service have been motorists simply needing assistance getting unstuck.
Meanwhile, State Representatives John Tilley and Myron Dossett and State Senator Whitney Westerfield sent out a joint news release regarding roads.
Representative Dossett says he's gotten several calls about treacherous conditions in Christian County and Representative Tilley says they have all three worked together to coordinate a request for additional salt trucks and plows.
Senator Westerfield says he wants to thank the Transportation Cabinet for recognizing the problem in Christian County and bringing in an additional six trucks from surrounding counties.
U.S. 68-80 and U.S. 41 are both state-maintained roads and both have been in considerably worse condition in Christian County than in Todd or Trigg.
Snow covers the ground on Lafayette Road/photo by Amber Belanger
National Weather Service in Paducah Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Shanklin was in the WHOP studios to talk about Severe Weather Awareness Week Wednesday, but also discussed this week's winter weather.
Shanklin says it's not exactly common for Western Kentucky to see spring-like weather and snow and ice within a couple days of each other, but it's not all together unprecedented.
Shanklin says as bad as the winter storm was, it could have been much worse if the forecasted heavy freezing rain had materialized and caused major power outages.
The test tornado drill was a success, as listeners to WHOP heard the Emergency Alert System break through as if there were an actual severe weather event. Shanklin says March is the beginning of the traditional severe weather season and now is a good time to go over your plan for what to do if an actual tornado warning is issued for your area.
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Someone recently stole over $4,000 worth of watercraft equipment from a West 7th Street address in Hopkinsville.
William Palmer of Cerulean told Hopkinsville Police three engines, trailer ramps, and other parts were stolen sometime between last Thursday and Saturday. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating an act of vandalism after someone recently vandalized a local man's Corvette.
The perpetrator used something to scratch the top and hood of a 1998 Chevy Corvette belonging to Tony Harris of Hopkinsville sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning. The back window was also broken out of the car and the front Corvette emblem was torn off.
The incident happened at a Honeysuckle Drive residence and the investigation continues.