Pennyrile Electric and utilities across the region are asking members to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption today.
Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile says demand for electricity within the TVA region has increased because of the extremely cold weather. Pennyrile Electric is asking members to conserve electricity, if health permits – especially from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Gilkey says simply turning down the thermostat a little or putting off laundry until later in the week will help a lot.
Kentucky Utilities has made the same requests to its customers, which includes residents of Crofton.
Western Kentucky remains under a Wind Chill Advisory for just a little while longer and there were only a few weather-related problems overnight.
Some lingering issues with a busted water main has caused East 9th Street to ice over in a couple spots near Belmont Hill and there are almost certainly several homes and businesses in the area with frozen pipes.
Dispatchers in Todd County say there was a power outage in Guthrie and Allensville overnight that lasted about an hour. Pennyrile Electric responded got the lights turned back on as quickly as possible.
CDE Lightband in Clarksville says the Tylertown Road area and several other adjoining roads in the north part of that city have been without electricity and they are addressing the issues.
School is out Tuesday (Jan. 7) in Christian, Todd, Trigg, Muhlenberg, Hopkins, Caldwell, Montgomery and Stewart counties. Classes are also dismissed at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.
The National Weather Service says the Wind Chill Advisory continues until 9 a.m., as the temperatures in the low single-digits will combine with a light wind to make it feel like five to 15 degrees below zero at time.
Anyone going outdoors should wear a hat and gloves to avoid frostbite. Tuesday morning's low was one below zero in Hopkinsville and Elkton and two degrees in Cadiz, according to the Mesonet site.
While it won't feel like a heat wave, the temperature should rise into the upper teens and possibly to 20 degrees Tuesday and should top the freezing mark Wednesday.
Dossett Westerfield Tilley
Governor Steve Beshear will give his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday evening in Frankfort and local lawmakers are interested in what he will have to say.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says he's not sure what Governor Beshear will emphasize, but he expects some talk about the budget.
Eighth District Representative John Tilley expects some talk about education and is looking forward to new economic data.
On the senate side, Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield expects Governor Beshear to promote casino gambling legislation again—something Senator Westerfield will continue to oppose.
The governor's speech will come on the first day of the 2014 General Assembly session and will air live at 6 p.m. on Kentucy Educational Television.
Elkton residents no longer have to boil their water before consumption.
City Clerk Laura Brock sent out an email saying the boil water advisory that had been in effect since Tuesday had been lifted after official testing confirmed the water to be safe.
The advisory had been issued for what was called “possible biological contamination.”
Two people were injured in a wreck that allegedly involved alcohol Friday evening.
The incident happened around 5 p.m. near the intersection with US 79 and KY 848, as described by Todd County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy White.