Winter Weather

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A round of arctic temps and winter weather could cause hazardous road conditions this weekend.  

Editor's note: A version of this post first appeared in January 2015.

Many people will see the snow currently blanketing much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.

As for me, I like to think of snow as food.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employee has died while plowing highways in Christian County, according to KYTC spokesman Keith Todd.

Todd identified the employee as Christopher Adams. Adams started his shift around midnight. Todd reports Adams had called his supervisor around 5:50 a.m. to report his plow had slid off KY 115.

National Weather Service

  Weekend Update:

Sunshine moves into the region Saturday, melting some of the ice.  Highway crews will continue to work on secondary roadways. Friday evening winds caused some major drifting in Graves County prompting the temporary closure of some roads. The drifts were between four and five feet deep.

A sunny forecast today will help prompt snow melt, but temperatures aren't expected to reach above freezing on Saturday. Sunday, a warm up begins with temperatures near 40 and above 40 expected on Monday.   

National Weather Service

Calls to stay off area roadways are coming from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Officials and Governor Matt Bevin as the second round of winter weather approaches tonight.

Near blizzard like conditions are expected overnight and into tomorrow. The region is under a winter storm warning from 6 o'clock this evening until midnight Friday. 

As anyone who has lived anywhere chilly can attest, clearing snow off a car can be cold, time-consuming work.

Most of us would agree it's also a necessary step before driving anywhere.

An 80-year old Ontario man appeared to disagree. He was caught driving a car encased in snow, except for a small section on the driver's side window.

As you can see, the car itself is barely visible.

National Weather Service

Update, Thursday 9:44 a.m.: The entire region is under a winter storm warning from 6:00 p.m. tonight through midnight Friday. The National Weather Service in Paducah says freezing rain could lead to a quarter inch icing. Precipitation will change over to snow by morning with possible accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Strong winds are expected.

More Winter Weather Expected Thursday Night

Jan 19, 2016
National Weather Service Paducah,

UPDATE WEDNESDAY NOON:   Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says road crews were only able to pre-treat 1/3 of roadways last night, focusing efforts on state highways, interstates and parkways. There's still plenty of slick driving to be found

The National Weather Service in Paducah says there's another round of winter weather coming Thursday night and Friday. 

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As temperatures lower, warming centers open their doors for those without shelter. Below is a list of warming centers.

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  National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for more than two inches of rain in some parts of western Kentucky over the next two days.

A flood watch for the quad-state area will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday evening and remain in place until at least 7 a.m. Saturday morning.