Winter weather makes chilly return to Clark County

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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The deep freeze was on earlier this week.

Whether leaves got stuck to bushes or vehicles got coated in ice, many across Kentucky – including Winchester – were affected by conditions associated with frosty conditions.

The area was under a winter weather advisory late Monday, all day Tuesday, and Wednesday morning.

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Monday saw a drop in temperatures, and with drizzle present throughout the day, this led to rain turning to ice as time went on. A light dusting of snow greeted the area on Wednesday.

“Temperatures…might make it to freezing today, but are not expecting to go much above the 32 [or] 33-degree mark,”, said Jessica Lee, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville on Tuesday. “[We] can’t rule out some very light, occasional snow flurries…or very light drizzle, but for the most part, the [precipitation] has moved out.”

Caution was recommended, with any untreated roads being potentially slick while traveling via vehicle or foot, and drivers were cautioned to avoid using cruise control while keeping a greater distance between their cars and others when possible.

“Once roadways and other services drop to or below freezing, that’s when they start accumulating that ice,” Lee said. “Since we are staying cold all night, I think any [precipitation] should have an easier time freezing. Winchester…[is] kind of on the northern end of the advisory, and I think freezing drizzle is probably your greater potential.”

Fortunately, the Clark County Road Department spent several hours attending to potential issues beginning at midnight Tuesday morning.

“We treated all the county routes in about six hours, [and] got a layer down to keep anything from bonding,” said Clark County Road Supervisor Allan Curtis. “It was pretty much a flushy, wintery mix with a little bit of ice on it…I know [myself], the county, and the state [was] out last night.”

The weather brought a semblance of good news for local students,  Clark County Public Schools were closed for in-person learning on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the district did use a pair of its allotted non-traditional instruction days.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the 40s and 50s for the rest of the week.