Winter Weather

Winter Weather
4:19 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

North Winds, Ice Coated Trees and Power Lines May Increase Outages

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Updated 4:40 p.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say workers have focused on clearing the remaining ice and slush off highways, but are now slowing their efforts.

KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says today’s wind helped dry pavement and has reduced the chance of water freezing on roadways overnight. But some slick spots may remain in some areas and conditions are right for black ice.

Tonight’s temperatures could drop into the mid-teens, reducing the impact of the ice-fighting salt solution. Todd says while KYTC has enough salt for now, another series of severe winter weather events could strain supplies. The cabinet’s engineers are considering conserving salt in the near future.

1:00 p.m.

Ice coated trees and power lines are sagging and could snap as winds increase today. The national weather service reports up to half an inch of ice accumulation in some TN border counties.  Temperatures will remain below freezing for the coming days. Below is a list of resources for seeking information on power outages and road conditions throughout our listening area. 

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12:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Western Ky. Under Winter Weather Warning, KYTC Urges to Stay Off Roads


UPDATE: 4:37 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologists have expanded a winter weather warning to include Calloway and Trigg County as the freezing line moves south. Christian and Todd counties remain under advisory.

NWS meteorologist Chris Noles said one-third of an inch of ice has been reported as far south as Stewart County, Tenn. as freezing rain continues to fall on the region, prompting the warning.

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11:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ky. Road Crews Prepare for More Winter Weather Tuesday

Interstates, parkways and U.S. highways are improving today, but a Kentucky highway official says other roads are in “pretty rough shape.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said crews are working hard to clear roads in anticipation of another round of freezing rain and sleet Tuesday. He said the National Weather Service is calling for precipitation to begin at noon, continuing until 8 p.m.

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4:27 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

More Arctic Weather for Kentucky Next Week Causing Stress for Livestock Farmers

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Kentuckians should prepare for yet another round of Arctic-like weather early next week. That's the opinion of University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon. Dixon says, while the Commonwealth has already experienced a couple shots of frigid weather this winter, the longer term outlook appears to be chilly as well.

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12:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

National Weather Service: Arctic Temperatures Likely To Recycle Until Spring

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Arctic temperatures are back in our region for the second time this year with some officials speculating this might not be the end of it. 

Despite highs in the 50s Monday, National Weather Service officials are predicting single digit wind chills Tuesday, rising to a high of 30 degrees Wednesday before an even colder air mass arrives late Wednesday night.

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3:24 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Winter Weather Causes Increased KYTC Maintenance Costs

Kentucky Transportation officials say the state has enough road salt to make it through the rest of the winter, but buying supplies again could come at a cost.

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12:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Damage To At Least 40% of MSU's Main Buildings Due to Power Outage and Freezing Temps

Update Tuesday,  2:50 p.m.

Murray State University's main campus will be closed again Wednesday. MSU officials say at least 40% of MSU's major buildings suffered significant damage due to frozen pipes and equipment.

Spokesperson Catherine Sivills says crews are still making rounds through buildings to assess the damage.

"As soon as we know the extent of the damage, we will make a determination on re-opening," Sivills said.

Murray State shutdown power to the main campus last night at the request of the TVA to help meet extremely high demand due to the arctic temperatures. MSU has a generator in place to carry enough load to prevent such problems from occurring. But, that generator malfunctioned last night. MSU has an "interruptible contract" with the TVA which allows the TVA to require MSU to reduce its electricity usage. Sivills says MSU receives "significant" savings for this contract.

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Winter Weather
12:32 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Area Warming Shelters Open, Tips for Combating the Arctic Cold

UPDATED: Mid-Day, Monday 

Over the week, temperatures in our region are expected to drop into the single digits, and possibly even lower. Listed below are resources available in our listening area to help combat against the harsh cold. Included are a list of local warming shelters, road condition links, tips for keeping pets warm as well as a survival kit checklist. 

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Winter Weather
12:40 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Single Digit Temps Are Here, Bundle Up

NWS Snowfall predictions updated on Saturday morning.
Credit National Weather Service


There was little of the predicted snowfall throughout the region last night. But that didn’t stop the cold. The National Weather Service reports a wind chill advisory for much of western Kentucky and southern Illinois. The advisory will stay in affect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate wind chills of 10 below zero to 25 below zero. This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

The NHS warns if you must venture outdoors wear a hat and gloves.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet the lack of snow does not mean the roads are unaffected. With rain dampened road surfaces crews are concerned about dropping temperatures causing moisture to flash freeze in 30 minutes or less. Drivers are urged to use caution. 

National Weather Service Forecasters are revising their forecast for this weekend's winter storm and extreme cold.

Rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast across the area from late tonight through early Sunday afternoon. Periods of heavy snowfall are expected with accumulations ranging from 5 to 10 inches over southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and southwest Indiana.

Two to five inches can be expected over west Kentucky. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of the area, and a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for southeast portions of west Kentucky.

Brutally cold air will surge southeast through the region on the strength of gusty northwest winds Sunday afternoon through Monday. Temperatures will be below zero over much of the area from Sunday night through early Tuesday, and wind chills will generally range from 10 below to 30 below zero during this period.

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Roads & Highways
3:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some Sleet Expected Overnight, Could Cause Problems On Bridges, Overpasses

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Some sleet is expected overnight and could cause some issues on bridges and overpasses.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Keith Todd says pretreatment wasn’t an option because of rain leading up to the sleet.

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