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Snow created hazardous conditions in Bell County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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Road crews spent all night working on the roads and are still out clearing, plowing, and salting, but the roads are still slick as the snow continues to fall.

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 4:00pm

Several inches of snow fell in Bell County creating hazardous conditions overnight and in the morning, but officials report no major issues.

Around six inches of snow fell in Middlesboro and covered everything in sight.

"I think it's the biggest one we've had in years," said George Goodin.

"Oh gosh, it's more than I thought we would get overnight," said Sam Mullins.

"It's beautiful but a headache," said Diana Fultz.

Fultz did not even make it to her home in Claiborne County on Wednesday night. She spent the night at work in Middlesboro.

"Because I do live in New Tazewell in a back holler, as we call it, I did not even try to go home. I knew there was no way I could safely make it there and back," she said.

Bell County officials had several reports of cars sliding off the roads but no major problems.

Crews spent hours clearing and salting the roads.

"There's downed trees, some of the guys have had to stop and saw trees out of their way, but as far as the removal of the snow on the roads, that's working out good," said Albey Brock, Bell County Judge-Executive.

Others spent the day shoveling all of the snow.

"Oh man, I've never seen it like this and I've been here forever," said Eddie Ayers.

The snow started melting in the afternoon when the sun came out.

Bell County officials say even though many of the roads are clear now, they still ask that people do not drive to be safe.

Brock says Bell county has plenty of salt for the roads for this snow and the rest of winter.
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5:30am

The snow has created some hazardous road conditions in Bell County.

There are several inches of snow on the ground in Middlesboro. Some reports say there are six inches of snow in town. The snow amount really depends on where you are in the county.

Officials report no major problems but slick roads.

Road crews spent all night working on the roads and are still out clearing, plowing, and salting, but the roads are still slick as the snow continues to fall.

Middlesboro Police report no major wrecks but say roads are slick all over town.

Bell County dispatchers say the majority of calls in the county this morning are for cars sliding off the roads but so far no major injuries are reported.

Crews will be out all morning and as long as necessary clearing and salting the roads, and Bell County officials say they have plenty of salt for this event. However, officials ask that everyone just stay where you are this morning while it snows so you can stay safe and crews can work safely.


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