OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Before round two of this winter storm moved in, an inch or two of snow fell overnight, and it slowed down the morning commute for a bit.
As the snow piles up this afternoon, things will no doubt turn tricky on the roads.
Around noon Monday, sleet turned into snow in Owensboro. Major Barry Smith at the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office tells 14 News there weren’t very many accidents or slide-offs this morning compared to the ice storm last week.
Central dispatch says there have been at least five accidents without injuries, three accidents with injuries, and five incidents where a motorist needed assistance.
”It’s always good to keep a full tank of fuel in case you do slide off or get into a situation where you have to keep your car running for the heat if it is still operable,” explained Major Barry Smith. “Also, keeping blankets and so forth in your vehicle if it’s not operable in an accident or slide off conditions.”
And of course, snowplows and salt trucks are out and about in Owensboro and throughout Daviess County. It’s going to be a challenge as the snow keeps falling on more than 200 miles worth of city streets.
It’s also very cold, which is going to be another component for today.
14 News spoke to Henderson County’s Judge-Executive Brad Schneider earlier Monday. He says since the roads were worked on all day, they will not have snow plows in use overnight. Schneider says they will resume plowing the roadways Tuesday morning around 5:45.
We also spoke with an official at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet who touched on which roads still remain a priority for crews moving forward.
“Our crews have been plowing snow relentlessly, trying to keep the roads clean which is difficult when it keeps snowing,” explained Keirsten Jaggers. “Right now we’re really focused on A routes, and priority routes; Interstates, parkways things of that nature. The roads that take you to the hospital, they’re going to keep those roads open first and foremost. They have been able to work on a few B routes, but for the most part, the B and C routes have been mostly covered so we’re really encouraging people to avoid travel as much as they can.”
Jaggers says to be mindful if it’s absolutely necessary to drive.
She says to wear a coat, let someone know where you are going and when driving, she says do not try to pass the snowplows doing their job. It’s dangerous for both you and the other driver.
Here’s a look at the snow conditions at 6 p.m.
KSP Trooper Corey Kingdives deeper into road conditions in Kentucky.
Meteorologist Arden Gregory continues to monitor the snow in the Tri-State. Here’s a look at her live shot at 6 p.m.
Joseph Payton was in Owensboro Monday as the winter storm rolled through the Tri-State. Here’s a look at his 4 p.m. live shot
Governor Andy Beshear gave an update Monday morning on the weather conditions across the Commonwealth.
Governor Beshear along with transportation officials also gave more details on the state’s response on the snow.
You can watch that entire video below.
Here’s a video of the snow Monday morning.