Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

January 10, 2011

Slick roadways have led to school closings

GLASGOW — Some area schools received an unexpected four-day weekend because of slick county roads covered with snow in the area.

Barren, Metcalfe and Monroe County school districts were out of school Friday as snow flurries lasted most of the day making roads dangerous for travel by school buses. More flurries overnight Sunday have continued the adverse conditions for Monday especially to the south of Glasgow and in adjacent counties.

A weather system traveling north into Kentucky from Tennessee overnight Sunday has left enough snow accumulation on roads in the southern parts of those counties to create slick hazardous conditions for school buses.

“We had crews out at 4 a.m. this morning checking roads on the south side of town,” said Keith Hale, director of pupil transportation for Barren County schools. “As you went south about 4:15 a.m., the roads started getting slicker and slicker.”

As Hale and other district officials monitored conditions at Haywood, Temple Hill and Austin in Barren County early Monday morning, they continued to find slick, dangerous conditions. Hale was also in contact with Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and with officials in Allen and Warren counties getting additional information, he said.

Metcalfe County also received more snow on the southern end of the county than the north side Sunday night, according to Lanetta Shive, the superintendent’s administrative manager for Metcalfe schools.

“It was enough to cause concern and call off school,” she said.

Lewis Carter, superintendent for Monroe County schools, said it was “pretty rough” on most roads other than the main ones in the city of Tompkinsville around 8:45 a.m. Monday, with snow accumulation of up to three-quarters of an inch.

Forecasters are calling for the possibility of additional snowfall throughout Monday and into the evening, which could add up to 4 inches more of accumulation in the area. Hale said no decision has been made about classes on Tuesday, but he said weather conditions will continue to be watched closely throughout the day and tonight.

“We’re just going to continue to monitor and watch the storm and hopefully it will pass us,” he said.

Both Shive and Carter said decisions about whether to cancel school on Tuesday could come as early as Monday afternoon or might not be made until early Tuesday morning depending on the ongoing road conditions and how much more snow actually falls on the area.

“This last (snowfall) came from the south. If you look at the map, every county connected to the Tennessee border (school) was called off,” Carter said. “The next one is coming from the north, so the northern part of the county could see it this time.”

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