Winter Weather

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Update 2:15 pm: At the request of the McCracken County Sheriff, KYTC has closed the US 45 Ohio River "Brookport" Bridge in Paducah until further notice due to icing on the deck.

The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday morning as heavy rain creates flooding problems across our listening area.  

As temperatures drop below freezing this afternoon, rain will change to sleet and eventually snow through tonight before tapering off tomorrow morning.  

NWS has called for 6-8 inches of snow accumulation in the Jackson Purchase area and even higher amounts to the northeast. About an inch of ice and sleet will precede the snow.

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Though Todd County schools remain closed until Wednesday, students are still getting in their daily lessons. Their district was one of 13 the Kentucky Department of Education approved last fall to count up to 10 non-traditional instruction days so they don’t have to make up snow days later on.  

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National Weather Service meteorologists say a very active and rapidly changing weather pattern will be with us over the next few days, with more wintry precipitation followed by possible flooding.

Dangerously Cold

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Health officials are urging people to use caution if they have to be outdoors during the bitterly cold weather.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency in the commonwealth in response to this week's snowfall and low temperatures.

The declaration is intended to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

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  Update Tuesday, 11;54 a.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are getting to work on the region’s snow-packed roadways Tuesday morning after an overnight pause. Todd says unnecessary travel is still being discouraged, however.

“The main issue you’re going to see for travel today is, even though some of the main routes are getting fairly clear, we still have a lot of snow plowed up at intersections,” Todd said.

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Four people were arrested Monday following the shooting of an Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow.

The truck was plowing Interstate 24 in Massac County when the driver reported being shot at by an SUV with tinted windows. No one was injured, but the bullets shattered the vent windows on the truck.

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With temperatures forecast to dip below zero degrees Wednesday night, Tennessee Valley Authority officials are making sure they have enough power on reserve to meet peak demands.

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  UPDATE 2/16 7:55 a.m.: The winter weather system hitting the region Monday will pack a larger punch than previously thought. The National Weather Service predicts up to 12 inches of snowfall across our listening area through Monday afternoon. A winter storm warning is in effect for the region until 6 p.m. CST Monday.

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Eight Days of Hope is a rapid-response disaster team comprised of more than 3,000 volunteers across the country. They recently met in Buffalo, New York to assist with recovery after the November blizzard. They went to Tupelo, Mississippi to help after a tornado demolished the area. The organization is spinning off a new ministry in Hope Reigns, who is in Murray Saturday (Jan. 24) at Kroger to recruit volunteers. Ron Meloan and John Fuqua visit Sounds Good to tell Kate Lochte what the faith-based organization is all about and how you can get involved.

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