winter weather

Russellville Rural Fire Department

A fire station in Logan County has opened its doors to anyone who needs a warm place to sleep during these cold winter nights. 

One of the people who has been staying at the Russellville Rural Fire Department is an essential worker for the local ambulance service who has to get to her job on the morning shift.

Firefighters have been providing safe rides for essential workers who may have difficulty traveling over icy roads. 

Russellville Rural Fire Chief Cheryl Allen said she’s put the word out about the warming shelter. Logan County Search and Rescue Chief Terry Cole has been working with that team to locate people who have been staying outside in the dangerously cold temperatures.

Green River Area Development District

This week’s winter weather is keeping those who deliver meals to Kentucky’s senior citizens off the roads.

But hunger doesn’t take a break during snow storms. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept Kentucky’s elderly residents away from the meals and social connections at area senior centers.  

The isolation required to avoid the virus has now been combined with the suspension of delivered meals when roads are too icy for drivers. 

Jennifer Williams is Director for Aging and Social Services for the Owensboro-based Green River Area Development District.  She oversees the Senior Home Delivered Meals Program for a seven-county region. 


Rachel Iacovone| WPLN

The winter storm affecting middle Tennessee has shut down legislative business in the state — a first in five years.

Senate Speaker Randy McNally said in a tweet the decision to cancel the committee hearings this week was made so lawmakers don’t have to drive to Nashville.

Legislative staff is allowed to work from home.

The roads in middle Tennessee are still covered with snow and ice, making it dangerous for traveling. Metro police officers have responded to more than 250 crashes since Saturday, including more than 40 involving injuries, according to the city.

J. Tyler Franklin

The Kentucky legislature won’t meet this week due to a series of winter storm events across the state.

Lawmakers are at the halfway point during this year’s 30 working-day session and the closure means they have to adjust the official meeting calendar.

Legislators will return for the session’s 15th working day on Monday. The deadline to file bills will now be Tuesday, Feb. 21 and the legislature will be in session on some days previously designated as “drafting days.”

The legislature is still required to adjourn by March 30, per the state constitution.

Kevin Willis

 The severe weather is expected to cause unsafe conditions, such as slick, snow-covered roads, prompting the closure of more COVID-19 vaccination sites early this week. But Gov. Andy Beshear said he is not concerned about the long-term consequences of rescheduled appointments.

Snowfall began in Kentucky overnight and is expected to continue — and pick up — through Monday.

In Louisville, officials said the LouVax mass vaccination site and Broadbent Arena would be closed Monday. And Beshear said the new Kroger vaccination site in Franklin County will be closed Tuesday. The rest of the regional vaccination sites operate Thursday through Saturday, so their status will depend on conditions later in the week.

Beshear said there will be too much snow to ensure safe roads in Frankfort on Tuesday.

Ryan Van Velzer

Kentucky is preparing for the likelihood of big snow and ice accumulations this week, with the heaviest snowfall likely to hit starting early Monday afternoon.

Some parts of central Kentucky are expecting to get up to eight inches of snow, with snowfall rates exceeding one-inch-per-hour in parts of the commonwealth.

The National Weather Service also predicts that up to half-an-inch of ice accumulation could occur through tomorrow, in an area of the state south and east of a line from Tompkinsville to Richmond.

Another winter storm system is expected to hit the region Wednesday night, bringing more snow and the potential for added ice.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will be focused on maintaining mobility on the interstates, parkways, and highly-traveled routes.

Kevin Willis, WKU Public Radio

The amount of snow that’s fallen in southern Kentucky over the past year is enough to make the upper Midwest proud.

Bowling Green has seen 43.5 inches of snow between February 14, 2015, and the same date this year.

Western Kentucky University meteorology professor Greg Goodrich says that’s more than five times the normal amount of snow in Warren County over any 12 month period.

“Normally, in that period, we would expect about eight inches. And in some winters we struggle to get even that. So for us to get this many big snow storms is really amazing, and there’s only a few other times when we’ve experienced anything like this.”

The total snowfall seen in the past 12 months in Bowling Green is all the more impressive when compared to cities normally associated with cold weather.

The nearly four feet of snow seen in Warren County is more than what fell during the same time period in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City.

Here’s a look at the total amount of snowfall in select cities between Feb. 14, 2015 through Feb. 14, 2016, courtesy of Professor Goodrich:

Most of Kentucky received between 2-3 inches snow Sunday night into Monday morning. Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service office in Louisville says that snow was preceded by quite a bit of freezing rain and sleet

“Then, the cold air aloft came in and changed the freezing rain over to sleet, and it sleeted for quite a while,” said Callahan. “In the Bowling Green area, we had reports of as much as two inches of sleet. And finally, after midnight in changed into snow.”

Callahan says the storm "could have been much worse" had there been more freezing rain Sunday night.  He says temperatures should climb above freezing Tuesday and we should see a warming trend for the rest of the week. 

But will this mark the final winter storm of the season?

“Unfortunately, it is too early to tell,” said Callahan.  “However, our long-range patterns are starting to show perhaps a break in this cold pattern, maybe starting in mid-March.”

Mammoth Cave National Park

Update: 9:36 a.m.

Legislators in Frankfort also have the day off Monday.  The Kentucky House and Senate will not convene because of the inclement weather.  They're set to meet again Tuesday afternoon.

Original Post:

Several local school districts along with all WKU campuses are closed Monday because of the snow and ice that moved into the area on Sunday.  

Also, Mammoth Cave National Park says all roads and facilities are closed Monday. The park tweeted this photo taken by one of its park rangers. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews put down salt and calcium on Sunday afternoon and crews continue efforts to clear roadways today with snow plows. 

Warren County officials say they've responded to several accidents this morning. 

Stay with WKU Public Radio, on air and online throughout the day for the latest weather updates. 

More Snow Expected in Kentucky Saturday

Jan 24, 2014

More snow is headed for Kentucky.

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 4 inches of accumulation on Saturday for a portion of the state.

The weather service says up a system is expected to hit the state early Saturday and could bring up to 4 inches of snow in central and eastern Kentucky. Northern Kentucky is expected to see up to three inches of accumulation and south-central parts of the state could see up to an inch of snow.

It comes on the heels of another system that dropped 3-5 inches of snow over a large section of the state earlier in the week.

The weather service is also warning of high winds and frigid temperatures. Wind chill readings could have some areas seeing subzero temperatures.

WKU Public Radio

Update at 8:02 a.m.:

Snow is falling over a large portion of Kentucky and threatens to make the morning commute slow and messy.

Kentucky Department of Transportation officials said salt trucks were out treating roadways, but noted that arctic air and continuing snow on Tuesday could still make for slick conditions.

Several school districts in the state canceled classes.

South-central Kentucky regions should see around an inch of snow with temperatures falling into the lower teens Tuesday night.

Some parts of western Kentucky may see an inch or two of snow with scattered flurries elsewhere and single-digit temperatures.

The forecast calls for up to 5 inches of snow in parts of northern Kentucky, and lows of around zero to 5 degrees.

Central Kentucky is expecting between 1-4 inches of snow with lows around 10.

Winter Weather Affecting Region Through Wednesday Morning

Jan 15, 2013

Winter weather is affecting a large part of the WKU Public Radio coverage area overnight.

Winter Weather Advisories and Ice Storm Warnings have issued by the National Weather Service,  lasting through mid-morning Wednesday.

The National Weather Service office in Louisville said light freezing rain is expected in many areas, causing hazardous driving conditions.

More from the National Weather Service.