Ice storm hits Pike County

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

6 p.m Update:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It started out as an unexpected mess in Pike County where many people expected more snow and less ice.

"It was kind of a shocker to see it switch over to freezing rain so quickly," said Public Safety Director Paul Maynard.

When the ice fell it stuck and left many roads virtually impassable and many people slipping and sliding. Pikeville Police reported several accidents early Friday but they say none too serious.

"I think we are lucky that we haven't had any collisions with injuries today," said Officer Joseph Slone.

Officials say it is the stuff on the roads that looks like snow but is in fact a thin coating of ice that worries them the most. They say people get more comfortable when they think they are driving on snow and drive faster.

"Obviously we're asking the whole community to use common sense in this. If you don't have to be on the road stay home," said Maynard.

Officials say even though no major problems were reported early in the day they worry problems will escalate as night closes in.

"Once it gets dark a lot of these roadways are going to refreeze," said Maynard.

Transportation officials say the salt trucks and plows will be working hard to keep the roads as safe as possible.

4 p.m. Update:

PIKEVILLE, Ky.(WYMT) - All day long crews have been out battling the snow and ice. Officials in Pikeville say they have had several reports of accidents but none too serious.

Police did shut down part of U.S. 23 in Pikeville early Friday afternoon because of two accidents. Police say there were no injuries but because of the slick conditions they wanted to take extra precautions.

"It has switched over either to an icing event or a freezing rain event, so it does make it a little bit more difficult on our street crews to keep up but the street crews here in the city of Pikeville have done an excellent job and have kept up really well. But it was kind of a shocker to see it switch over to freezing rain so quickly," said Pikeville Public Safety Director Paul Maynard.

They are still asking people not to drive unless you absolutely have to and take it as slow as possible of you do.

Officials are also warning that even if it looks like snow it might actually be ice, and because of the freezing rain that moved through there is a layer of ice coating the road under any snow that has since accumulated.

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