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Johnson County roads slammed by wintry weather

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Roads were slick Tuesday all across Eastern Kentucky, including Johnson County.

The snow started falling in the area around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure said.

"Roads were somewhat treacherous this morning," McClure said. "But the temperature was still right around freezing, so it wasn't too serious at the time."

But with the temperature dropping rapidly, the effectiveness of road salt decreases.

"It's been snowing all day, so it's hard to stay ahead of it," Johnson County Judge Executive Tucker Daniel said. "I don't really see much relief in sight until the thing moves through and we get some warm temperatures and hopefully some thawing tomorrow."

Some government offices in Johnson County even closed early so employees could get a head start on battling the tough road conditions.

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