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March 3, 2014

Overnight ice not so nice

Pulaski blasted by winter storm

Somerset —

Most of the time, March is said to come in like a lion. This time, however, it was more like a polar bear.
For all the thrashing winter has given Pulaski County this year, it’s rarely done quite so severe a number on the roads as local residents saw Monday upon waking up.
The area had seen the winter weather trifecta — freezing rain (which leads to ice), sleet (which results in annoying pings against the window while you sleep), and snow (which results in a sloppy — if occasionally beautiful — mess). 
If there’s a silver lining, it’s this: All those warnings to stay off the roads, and that mad dash to the grocery store that made the aisles look like Grand Central Station — it was all worth it. Because Pulaski emerged from the arctic blast mostly unscathed.
“Overall, we’ve had an uneventful morning and day so far,” said Capt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department.
Indeed, SPD had worked only one traffic collision, according to Smith, and that was in a parking lot — not even on the roads.
The Pulaski County 911 Emergency Center reported to the Commonwealth Journal that by 2:45 p.m., there had been no calls of wrecks on the road come through the dispatch.
Considering the slickness of the roads, that has to be considered a minor miracle — and a testament to the citizenry heeding good caution.
“I think everybody did their part and measured whether they really need to get out on the roadways,” said Smith. “There’s a lot of people who went to the grocery store (Sunday night) and stockpiled. That helped a lot too.”
According to Kevin Sullivan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, Ky., Sunday’s dreary day-long shower transitioned into freezing rain between 10 and 11 p.m. That then metamorphosed into sleet shortly after midnight, and again into snow at around 5 a.m.

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