No weather-related problems overnight, road conditions improving

We’ll get to enjoy looking at the blanket of white mother nature brought us this week a little while longer, but highway crews are making sure there are fewer places where we have to drive through it.

Christian, Todd, Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Stewart and Montgomery County Schools will be closed Wednesday, in addition to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Heritage Christian Academy, University Heights Academy and all campuses of Murray State University, Hopkinsville Community College and Austin Peay State University.

Local dispatchers reported no major issues or accidents overnight.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says the snow being light and fluffy made it easier to plow and Tuesday’s sunshine was also beneficial.

Todd says the Cabinet is surprised at how roads have responded to treatment, but there’s work left to be done.

Area police agencies have worked minor accidents and have assisted dozens of motorists who have slid off the road.

Todd says many back roads and side streets are likely to remain snow-covered until there is some warming.

Elsewhere, a total of 21 people went to hospitals after a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 near Bonnieville Tuesday morning. State Police say it involved two tractor trailers, a stationary Transportation Cabinet Safety Patrol truck and a stationary Greyhound bus. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.

Bitter cold is the story now, as the wind chill will dip below zero at night and frostbite can occur quickly for anyone outdoors with exposed skin. Residents should routinely check on elderly neighbors, be sure any outdoor pets have unfrozen water and a place to take shelter from the wind and it’s advisable to leave a faucet dripping overnight to prevent pipes from freezing.

Governor Matt Bevin says the hard work of Transportation Cabinet drivers combined with temperatures in the 40’s Friday and in the 50’s Saturday means better days are ahead.

You can find a complete list of weather-related closings and cancellations here.