Snow 1MADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/12/18) — Very few vehicles could be seen along city streets this afternoon during the area’s first winter storm in a couple years. A couple snow plows were out working to clear roads, but the paths were quickly covered by new snowfall. The winter storm warning expires 9 tonight.

The area received about a quarter-inch of sleet and ice mixture overnight that changed over to snow in the late morning hours. Drivers were utilizing one lane along U.S. 41/Main Street and Center Street through Madisonville. Travel was a little trickier in determining where the roads ended and ditches began on many side roads.

Traffic also appeared light along Interstate 69 this afternoon. One local officer said the Audubon Parkway was completely covered. Kentucky State Police and local deputies were working a few slideoffs along parkways.

A driver stuck at the intersection of South Main Street and McLaughlin Avenue got a push from someone in a four-wheel drive.

Many businesses appeared to be closed at the Madison Square Mall area. A few vehicles were parked near the movie theater and Tumbleweed restaurant entrance. Wings Etc. had patrons as well as eateries along East Center Street like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Rally’s and Denny’s. A couple of people were out shopping at the Dollar Store, and city workers could be seen clearing sidewalks.

Madisonville Police Department Spokesman Lt. Andy Rush said the agency asked residents to stay off the roads today unless travel was absolutely necessary. Hopkins County Schools called off classes today, and the Judicial Center was also closed.

“Quite a few people have actually heeded our advice,” Rush said. “It’s been really nice that they were able to do that.”

If people do travel, police suggest having a fully charged cell phone and a couple of blankets in case they slide off slippery roads.

“We’ll try to get somebody out to help them in their situation as soon as possible,” Rush said, adding drivers should allow extra time and take it slow due to icy patches on roads.

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