Winter Rewind: A look back at the snowy season in eastern Kentucky

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - Well it is finally here! The first day of spring is Thursday. As we say goodbye to winter, we thought we would take a look back at the record setting season.

You can probably think of several adjectives to describe this winter. Snowy, cold and miserable come to mind. But folks that forecast the weather, like Peter Georgerian, have a different take.

"Dynamic is what I would use first and foremost," said Georgerian.

While Wednesday brought mild temperatures, staff at the National Weather Service in Jackson know this winter has been anything but. They tell WYMT they have got the data to back it up.

Since the center started keeping records back in 198, they tell WYMT this is the fifth coldest winter. It is tied for the seventh most snowy. Our lowest temperature was -7, which is the coldest it has been since 1996.

"Normally we have maybe one or two of those it seems like a year and this year it has been several," said Georgerian.

With more winter weather than usual, road crews had to work around the clock. Many area schools also had to miss several days.

Finance Officer for Perry County School District Jody Maggard spoke with WYMT on a snow day earlier in March. He said sometimes there is nothing they can do to avoid closing school.

"It is just not feasible. It is not practical. Common sense will tell you that there is just no way we are going to have school," said Maggard.

Students, like Timothy Baker at Buckhorn School, enjoyed their extended Christmas break.

"For us to pretty much miss the entire month of January has been something new and it is always something different. But, you know, variety is the spice of life," said Baker.

We cannot forget the headaches this winter caused, however. Many lost water and saw the lights go.

Donnie Begley works in Perry County and was sent home last month when the coal mine he works at lost power for the day.

"I drive almost an hour to get here and getting knocked off two hours into the shift. You know, it is really costing me money," said Begley.

This January tops the list for most days with temperatures at zero degrees or colder. Officials with the National Weather Service warn we are still not finished with the cold weather just because spring starts Thursday.

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