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One foot of snow in parts of Harlan County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Parts of Harlan County also got around one foot of snow! Emergency Management officials report no major problems but say this fall snowstorm is historic!

The October storm put snow on top of fall color in Harlan County.

One foot of snow with drifts up to three feet covered Black Mountain. Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch also got around six inches of snow.

"I've never seen anything like this in October. I mean, it's the day before Halloween," said Jason Blanton, Cumberland Police Officer.

Harlan County Emergency Management started preparing for snow last week, but the amount of snow took some by surprise. Highway Department officials say overnight crews had to help some stranded drivers on Black Mountain.

Local officials say roads in the Tri-Cities area were also hazardous Tuesday morning.

"Just about every roadway out of the city was closed at one point this morning," said Blanton.

Highway crews had most roads clear by early Tuesday afternoon but emergency management officials warn drivers to be careful when it is dark and stay inside if possible because more snow is expected.

Emergency Management workers are monitoring the conditions around the clock and are ready to respond to any problems.

"We're going to monitor the situation until the event is over with," said David McGill, Harlan County Emergency Management Director.

The snow also knocked out the Cumberland Police Department's radios.

"We've been trying to do all our communications through cell phones cause communication is down. They are working to get radio back up right now," said Blanton.

Those who live near Black Mountain are keeping an eye on the weather until it warms up.

"Watching, waiting, and preparing. Accumulating snow in October is very unusual for the county. Last I remember, it's probably been twelve to fifteen years ago, it happened on Halloween Day," said Tyler Cornett.

Harlan County Emergency Management Director McGill says the county had 27 customers without power Tuesday morning.

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