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March 3, 2014

Overnight ice not so nice

Pulaski blasted by winter storm

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“You had a pretty long period of sleet across most of the area,” he said. “There was a quarter inch of freezing rain in Pulaski County, and a quarter inch of ice. The sleet underneath the snow made it very heavy, hard to shovel.”
To the north, Rockcastle County saw 5.8 inches of snow, a hefty amount to be sure. Pulaski got around three inches of accumulation of combined snow and sleet, said Sullivan. The long period of sleet cut down on the amount of snow this area might have gotten.
Earlier in the week, NWS forecasters suggested the direction of the low pressure system could influence how much snow Pulaski saw. Sullivan said that the system went south, allowing for more sleet in the area.
Along with the ice and sleet were predicted power outages and downed tree limbs. And while there were some, Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson said they weren’t too much of a problem.
“The county road department (took care of) most of the downed trees,” he said Monday afternoon. “We haven’t had any wrecks or injuries that I’ve been made aware of. It’s been a pretty good day so far.”
Cliff Feltham, a spokesperson for Kentucky Utilities, said that he hadn’t been made aware of any power outages in Pulaski County for his company, and across the state, saw only about 400 or so.
“That’s not bad, based on what they were telling us was going to be in the forecast,” he said.
As for South Kentucky RECC, spokesperson Joy Bullock said that the weather conditions made it more difficult to fix some of the outages that did occur.
“The weather this morning hampered our efforts,” she said Monday afternoon. “It wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. We got lucky. It could have been worse.”

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