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Shelby may miss big snow/icing problems

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Winter weather advisory is in effect

By Lisa King

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Louisville say that although Shelby County is under a winter weather advisory, they don’t foresee much in the way of inclimate weather.

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Meteorologist Robert Szappanos said on New Year’s Eve that a wintery mix could come through the area, with a little of the same for New Year’s Day.

“We don’t expect much accumulation, maybe a half inch or less,” he said.

The forecast for today, the first day of 2013, is for some light snow or rain, he said.

“We could get some of that about noonish, again with very little or no accumulation,” he said. “We’ll have highs in the mid 30s.”

Szappanos said cautioned that conditions will not that bad, drivers should still be extra careful.

“We’re under a winter weather advisory, so there could be slick spots,” he said. “It all depends on how they treat the roads.”

Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said he would monitoring the weather all night New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day and is ready for anything that may spring up.

“I am out and about right now [Monday] and I have been checking the temperature of the roadways, and it is between 37 and 38 degrees and the air temperature is from 36 to 37 degrees, so everything is fine,” he said. “At this point, things are going well, and I will continue to monitor the weather and have crews standing for whatever comes our way.”

Szappanos said the record low for Shelbyville was 3 degrees below zero, set in 1880.

Henry said Saturday that a light snowfall during the overnight hours didn't cause any problems for motorists, and the road department had the situation well in hand.

"I'm out on [KY] 53 right now, and the roads look good," he said. "Our crews have been out all night salting and I'd say in about another hour, we'll be down to bare pavement," he said at 8 a.m.

Henry, who monitors the weather at all times, said Shelbyville officiallly got 1.5 inches of snow, but it looks like more to him in some places.

"In some spots out in the county, it looks like about two to three inches," he said.

Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said the minor snow storm caused no problems he was aware of.

"I just checked with Central Dispatch said things have been rather quiet, with no major accidents or incidents," he said.

"The only accidents I've seen is just a few cars that slid off the road because people were driving a little fast for the weather conditions," Henry said. "But if you drive sensibly, you won't have anything to worry about."

Henry said he has heard from the National Weather Service that some more light snow could move into the area, but doesn't think it will amount to much.