Light snow has fallen off and on all morning since it changed over from rain overnight, though no major problems have been reported locally.
A dispatcher at the Hopkinsville-Christian County ECC said one motorist slid off the road this morning, but there haven’t been a lot of traffic issues noted from the first snow of the winter.
The State Highway Department says they are out treating roads in western Kentucky and plowing snow in counties to our north and west.
In Todd County, Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says there haven’t been any issues with roads there.
Numerous wrecks were reported in Muhlenberg County this morning where the snow was much more abundant, while a few accidents were also recorded in Trigg County where the changeover occurred much earlier.
The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory for Christian, Todd, Trigg, Muhlenberg, Hopkins and Caldwell Counties until 3pm as forecasters say another additional inch of snow could fall before the system completely moves off to the east. Our middle Tennessee counties are under an advisory until 4pm.
The highest accumulations in Kentucky were near the Ohio River, where seven inches fell in Bardwell and 7 and a half inches in the community of Oscar. Albion, Illinois got the most snow of anyone, where 18.3 inches of the white stuff fell.
Forecasts for the storm changed several times this week, but the earliest projections of a northwestern track wound up being correct and later models showing blizzard conditions as far east as Cadiz were far from accurate.
The Pennyrile Area Narcotics Task Force assisted the Murray Police Department in a methamphetamine lab investigation this week that resulted in two arrests.
A news release from Murray Police says officers were called to an unoccupied home owned by Murray Calloway County Hospital on Christmas Eve and found 27-year old Thomas Broshears and 30-year old Sheena Goodwin of Murray both allegedly inside a closet with the ingredients to make the illegal drug.
Also inside the home was an active meth lab. The two suspects were arrested and Broshears was charged with burglary and parole violation. Goodwin was charged with burglary and manufacturing methamphetamine.
The Narcotics Task Force safely removed the lab and the pair is lodged in the Calloway County Jail.
The final days of District 1 State Senator Ken Winters’ final term are winding down and he says he’s enjoyed the last eight years in the upper chamber.
Senator Winters chose not to run for re-election this year due to his wife’s failing health. He recently spoke at the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors meeting and said it was never his intention to run for public office.
Senator Winters said when he was approached a third time about running for the State Senate, he was made an offer that was too good to refuse when he was told he could chair the Senate Education Committee.
Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries will replace Winters and the senator says he’s very confident Humphries will do a good job.
Winters has served Trigg, Calloway and several other southwestern Kentucky counties for the last eight years. He has been most known for his work in education—with colleagues saying he is as knowledgeable in that area as anyone lawmaker in Frankfort.
Hopkinsville Police are reminding motorists that the “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” campaign will continue through New Years.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray says the campaign’s mission is simple—get impaired drivers off the roads.
Officer Ray says unlike some previous efforts aimed at drunk drivers, there is no specific timetable on when the extra emphasis will be placed on finding impaired motorists—it will be around the clock.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies are also participating in the campaign, which runs through New Years Day.
Officials with the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area are pleased to announce that the Golden Pond Planetarium will be open all-year beginning Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013.
Officials say this is the first year the planetarium has not needed to close for extended maintenance since the new full-dome digital projector system was installed at the beginning of the 2012 season.
Officials say the planetarium will be open for business 7 days a week with various programs scheduled to take place throughout each day.
For more information call 270-924-2233.