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November 13, 2012

Icy roads only a few degrees away

Somerset —  

Baby, it’s cold outside — or it’s getting there, anyway.
The overnight hours Tuesday brought the first significant dip into wintery temperatures that we’ve seen so far, with water hardening and frost forming on windshields. Along with this came a warning to watch out for black ice — particularly since it had rained so heavy earlier Monday.
“It won’t be long until we start dealing with some ice issues,” said Lt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department. His agency helps watch over the roadways in tough weather conditions, and will be doing so even more now, with almost 50 new miles of roadway having been annexed into the city earlier this year.
Things will warm up later this week, according to Dustin Harbage, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Ky., but not enough to really change the fact that the colder season has arrived. Harbage said that while Monday night/Tuesday morning was “probably the coldest night of the week with lows around 27 degrees, those numbers won’t get out of the high 20s or low 30s for the near future — in valleys, it may go into the low 20s, he said.
Smith noted that driving went well despite the potential for slick road conditions, with no more calls about automobile accidents than any normal day. However, as snow becomes more and more likely, it’s important to note that morning isn’t the most dangerous time of day.
“Where we typically have problems is with those midday snows that catch everybody off-guard,” said Smith. “When you’re already at work or school, in your normal conduct, then the snow comes and you got to go pick kids up or go to the store or run errands, that’s when we have a large number of accidents.

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