Ah, the first signs of spring ... like slush on the ground and snowmen in the yard?

Apparently, Old Man Winter is still alive and kicking.

Monday brought not only the official first day of spring, but as many as three inches of snow in some parts of Pulaski County, as a snowfall which took even the folks at the National Weather Service by surprise caused a little bit of havoc locally.

One meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky., admitted that the wintery turn of events was somewhat unexpected — though it wasn’t the snow itself that provided a twist.

“It was expected to start as snow but to warm up sufficiently to change to rain (fairly early on),” said meteorologist Chuck Greiff, “but because we were so dry, humidity is way down. When you get precipitation that falls into a very dry air mass, and both these things meet i the middle, moisture increases but temperature decreases, and the moisture will stay as snow — and it snowed for a good portion of time.”

The snow started falling at about 10 a.m. according to Greiff, and though “the warm air eventually got in there” and helped turn the big white flakes a little bit wetter in the late afternoon, “we didn’t expect (the snow) to last most of the day,” he said.

In most of Pulaski County — and in the rest of the areas where this very un-springlike weather has occurred, from Hazard stretching down to Monticello — accumulation is an to to an inch and a half, though Greiff says reports from some parts of the region indicate at least three inches or so of snow.

This hasn’t been the most ideal situation for motorists. Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said that at least 18 accidents had occurred by Monday afternoon in the county, the largest portion of them right after the snow started and in the heaviest portion of the snowfall.

“There was a certain time frame where we had a large number of accidents,” said Wood. “Most were very minor single vehicles that simply ran off roadways.”

Of those 18, Wood reported, 14 involved no injuries, a pair were hit-and-run incidents, and two were injury accidents which involved people being taken to the hospital for treatment.

To help prevent such accidents from occurring, road crews were out bright and early — actually dark and early.

“The Judge-executive (Darrell BeShears) made the call at about 1 a.m., that we need to get with it, so that’s what we did,” said Harvey Hewitt, county road supervisor.

“It kind of took everybody by surprise because according to the news, we weren’t supposed to get (snow) — it was supposed to rain,” Hewitt continued, “but that wasn’t what happened.”

Trucks were out all Monday pushing snow off roads, especially those in the furthest reaches of the county.

“There’s a lot of snow on off roads,” said Hewitt on Monday. “Most of it is in the southern, eastern and northern sector, it looks like. Not a whole lot in western Pulaski — it’s not as bad (in Nancy) as in Haynes Knob, Dixie Bend, and in the Plato and Woodstock areas. Up through Eubank and Mt. Zion, that’s where the snow really is.”

Hewitt said all 18 pieces of equipment he had available to help with the situation were out working Monday afternoon, and he wasn’t able to predict when they were going to stop.

“We keep on having people say they’re hung on hills, so we don’t know how long we might have to be out,” said Hewitt.

It might be quite a bit longer. The snow isn’t done yet, according to Greiff, who said though Monday’s snowfall was expected to melt last night or this morning and precipitation to stay as rain, a new snow advisory is in effect from noon to midnight today for Pulaski Countians, with as many as one to two inches of snow on the way.

In other words, Old Man Winter is staying in town just a little bit longer this year.

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