A Flood Watch and a Winter Storm Watch are out for the entire region late Tuesday through early Thursday. Heavy rain develops Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and may put down 1”-3” in some areas. Arctic air pushes in from west to east on Wednesday with heavy sleet and snow taking over. That setup could produce several inches of accumulation. Snow will slowly end from west to east Thursday as bitterly cold air continues to push in.
'Hectic' is putting it lightly for 911 dispatchers at the state police post in Hazard.
They took calls for about *ten times* the usual number of accidents overnight, spanning five counties.
Many of those who had to drive found themselves slipping and sliding on black ice.
A basketball team on their way home to Knott County was stuck for more than an hour on the Pulaski-Laurel county line.
Halfway between Somerset and London the roads started to get really really bad, some cars pulled over and waited for salt trucks to salt roadways.
State Police asked for drivers' patience as the high number of wrecks stretched their resources thin.
State Police say none of the accidents in and around Hazard resulted in serious injuries, but they still urge extreme caution on all main and secondary roads.
Police say your safest bet is to stay off the roads.
In Perry County, Marie Luby, WKYT 27 Newsfirst.