Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Local Drivers Warned of Life-Threatening Conditions

snow driving1KENTUCKY (12/25/12) – Motorists are being advised to avoid overnight travel in parts of Western Kentucky.  The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning and a Winter Storm Warning for the region.  The storm is expected to create brutal driving conditions as it sweeps across about two dozen Kentucky counties.
 
The forecast includes 20 mile per hour winds with gusts to 45 mph starting around midnight and continuing until about Noon on Wednesday.  Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says weather conditions are going to be so brutal, that it will limit the ability of highway crews to impact driving conditons during the overnight hours and into Wednesday morning.
 
"With winds gusting above 20 miles per hour, we're looking at conditions where a snow plow can travel a section of roadway and 20 minutes later you may not be able to tell it has been there," Todd said.  "The high winds and forecast for wet heavy snow also create an opportunity for downed trees and downed power lines along highways in the region.  We also have the prospect of drifting snow to add to travel issues.  We are advising the public to avoid travel from about 10 p.m., CST, tonight, through about Noon on Wednesday, or until the storm subsides."
 
In their weather briefing on Monday, the National Weather Service compared the approaching winter storm to events of Christmas Week 2004.  During that storm an overturned truck on Interstate 24 caused a traffic back-up that halted traffic for 37 hours and creating a life-threatening situation for motorists stranded in mounting snow drifts.
 
"We want motorists to be aware of what they're getting into if they venture out into this storm," Todd noted.  "While not as large, this storm compares with a blizzard that hit the northern plains a few weeks ago and halted traffic along an extended section of I-90.  We're talking whiteout conditions and very limited visibility.  Please do not take this storm lightly."
 
KY highway crews prepared and loaded salt trucks last Friday so they could be prepared to roll out quickly as the storm develops.  Supervisors will start monitoring highways as the storm moves into Kentucky this evening and call in crews as road conditions require.  Engineers anticipate most crews being active by about midnight, based on the NWS forecast.
 
Snow accumulations are expected to range from 4 to 10 inches across much of the region.  Still, Todd says it will be the wind that dictates road conditions more than accumulations.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd (KTC)

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Madisonville Water Treatment Plant Recognized for Superior Performance

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/23/14) — The Energy and Environment Cabinet has announced that the Madisonville Light and Water… Read More

Methodist Hospital Welcomes New OB/GYN Physician

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/23/14) — Methodist Hospital is excited to announce the addition of a new women’s healthcare provider… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 22, 2014 3781

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 21, 2014 2691

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2081

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 1995

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - July…

in News by Madisonville Police Department
July 23, 2014 1590

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 22, 2014 3781

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 23, 2014 1590

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 21, 2014 1190

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 1134

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 936

Families Upset About Piney Groves…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 21, 2014 1341

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 22, 2014 1028

Alliance for a Drug Free Owensboro and…

in News by Carla Shelton
July 22, 2014 952

Daviess County Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
July 23, 2014 941

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 23, 2014 559

Fall Baseball League Registrations

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 21, 2014 2691

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2081

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1477

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1089

Swinging for Sadie Raises $6,000 for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 891

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03