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Latest storm’s aftermath: Messy roads

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No outages, but SCPS closed for 13th time

By Lisa King and Todd Martin

Winter Storm Titan didn’t shut down Shelby County like forecasters thought it might, but that doesn’t mean that yet another round of snow and ice didn’t stall Shelby County.

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There were no reported power outages – other than a brief one on Sunday afternoon – but messy roads did contribute to some traffic problems and forced the closing of Shelby County Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday.

Police reported some motorists slid off the road, as snow scraping proceeded slowly on Monday morning.

There were no major accidents, but a truck lost its trailer on Interstate 64 westbound near the Shelby-Jefferson line, and at 4:30 p.m., a pickup truck overturned on I-64 at Mile Marker 34.

That crash had a potential to be serious, but no one was injured when a pickup truck as the driver lost control on a patch of ice and snow.

Many primary highways that normally are cleared shortly after a minor snowfall remained significantly snow-covered until early afternoon Monday, when sunshine helped scrapers with their job. Main Street in Shelbyville was well-packed around noon but wet and loose just after 1 p.m.

Tuesday marked the 13th day that schools were closed because of inclement weather – one fewer day than the most snow days the school system has endured in recent memory.

School officials have now set June 6 as the last day of school.

Monday’s inclement weather also interfered with a Local Planning Committee meeting and public forum for Shelby County Public Schools. That event, scheduled for Tuesday, has been moved to March 17.

The meeting time and location, 6 p.m., at Heritage Elementary School, remain the same.

The storm had blasted across Central Kentucky – and the rest of the United States – arriving on Sunday and overnight into Monday morning before blowing itself out before noon.

Ice and snowfall totals were much less than expected for most of the county – perhaps 2 inches or so – and roads were snowy but passable, with conditions in southern Shelby County a bit worse. Although forecasters had predicted around 3 inches of snow, they had said that as much as 7 or 8 inches could have fallen.

Sleet started to pound Shelby County early Sunday evening, and snow followed later in the night and into Monday morning.

The Shelby County Judicial Center and Shelby County Public Library were closed on Monday, along with the Kentucky General Assembly.

Cornerstone Christian Academy was closed Monday and reopened Tuesday.

Shelby Energy Cooperative had brought in extra crews from sister cooperatives around the state and in Georgia to deal with those potential outages, such as occurred along the Brunerstown Road corridor for about an hour Sunday afternoon, according to residents of that area.

Otherwise Shelby Energy reported no outages. Neither did Kentucky Utilities, though it had outages in other counties.

Many ventured out Saturday night and Sunday to top off gas tanks and grab supplies at stores. As of about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Kroger was out of milk and almost out of bread and many other staples.

Bill Stover of Shelbyville said an employee of Kroger said that the store had ordered additional milk in anticipation of the arrival of the storm.

There is some good news coming, perhaps, Ryan Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville said that highs today should reach the low 40s and gradually rise to the low 50s by Friday.