winter wonderland

The half-inch of snow Tuesday morning provided sledding weather near the ampitheatre at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park. The wet snow meant a push was needed to get started down the hill.

The Jackson National Weather Service reported a half inch of snow fell in Laurel County Tuesday. There would have been more, but much of it melted as it fell, officials said.

Although most people in Laurel County thought the first snow of 2007 was magnificent to look at, several motorists thought otherwise.

The Laurel Dispatch Center paged out at least 20 accidents from 7:30 a.m. to slightly past 10 a.m., according to Supervisor Steve Pennington. He did not know how many vehicles were involved in each incident. An accident report from the Kentucky State Police Post 11 was not immediately available.

Three of the accidents happened on a curve near Lick Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Pennington noted.

The other accidents reported from Laurel Dispatch were Vertis Lane, Hensley Road, McWhorter Street, Hal Rogers Parkway, Sublimity School Road, Pine Top Road, North Mill Street, Cumberland Gap Parkway, White Oak Road, KY 192 at Craig’s Creek Road, KY 1006 at Hicks Lane, KY 312, southbound Interstate 75 at the 49 mile marker, Spring Street, East KY 552, McWhorter Road and Sasser Road.

According to the National Weather Service, the State Police Post 11 in Laurel County recorded 15.7 inches of snow in the winter of 2002-2003. The 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons both received 1.6 inches and last winter 3.4 inches was recorded. This weekend of rainy weather is going to be followed by more seasonably cold weather, which makes for a better chance of more snow, officials said.

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