Saturday snowstorm drops 3 to 4 inches on Lexington area; more cold on way

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJanuary 25, 2014 

After a blanket of snow covered Central Kentucky on Saturday, another arctic front is expected to drop in on Sunday night and Monday, bringing gusty and cold northwest winds.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day Monday, and by Monday evening, it will be about zero.

Tuesday morning will likely be the coldest of the winter thus far, with Central Kentuckians waking up to temperatures of about minus-10, and highs reaching only to the single digits, he said.

On Saturday, Central and Eastern Kentuckians awoke to covered streets and blowing snow, making a simple bread-and-milk run to the neighborhood store a treacherous outing.

Bailey said most of Lexington and the surrounding area picked up 3 to 4 inches. Other totals ranged from 3 to 5.5 inches in London, 2 inches in Booneville, and 1 inch in Paintsville and Pikeville, according to the National Weather Service.

During the morning, streets were slick and hazardous throughout Lexington as police scanners crackled with reports of vehicles in ditches. Conditions improved significantly throughout the day as the temperature climbed, allowing snow and ice to melt from the streets.

A collision at 5:30 a.m. between a tractor-trailer and a state road plow shut down eastbound lanes of Blue Grass Parkway at the 52 mile marker in Anderson County for about seven hours, according to the county emergency management office and state police. The drivers of the two vehicles were taken to a Frankfort hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said there were several calls regarding falls and residents experiencing heart ailments while shoveling snow.

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton said officials decided Saturday morning to cancel all weekend school activities. School administrators will make a decision about Monday classes on Sunday night after considering the weather, road conditions and other factors. Students have already missed four days in a row because of weather.

"It's a day-to-day decision," Shelton said.

Snow, ice and cold have delayed Lexington trash pickup and recycling collections. Residents whose Herbie and Rosie containers have not been serviced are asked to leave them on the curb until trucks can reach them.

Bailey said he expects an even "snowier pattern for February."

"I don't think we've had our biggest snow for the winter," he said.

As icy as the forecast sounds, consider this historical note from the National Weather Service: On Jan. 25, 1978, the temperature fell below 32 degrees in Lexington and did not rise above freezing again until Feb. 13. That's the longest Lexington has ever stayed at or below freezing.

Herald-Leader staff writer Karla Ward contributed to this report. Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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