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After snow blanketed the area Sunday night into early Monday, Blake Foster and friends filled their morning sledding at the dam at Valley Creek Reservoir in Elizabethtown.
“This is the most snow we’ve had this year, so we had to take advantage of it,” said Foster, a student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
The local area received about 4 inches of snow in the latest blast of wintry weather, according to Mark Adams with the National Weather Service at Fort Knox. It’s possible that more is on the way this week, as the meteorologists were tracking another “delicate” system Monday that could bring some type of precipitation to the area, Adams said.
With the amount of snow, Wilton Jackson of Radcliff was able to use his snow blower.
“It’s the first time I’ve used it in three years,” he said. “We used to get a little more snow than we do now.”
A majority of motorists were able to traverse the slick roads with minimal problems Monday morning.
Elizabethtown Police Department officers responded to two non-injury wrecks and assisted three drivers whose vehicles slid off the roadway, Sgt. Tim Cleary said.
Kentucky State Police troopers were busier, responding to 22 non-injury wrecks Sunday night and Monday morning, spokesman Jeff Gregory said. Troopers also assisted a number of motorists whose vehicles left the roads. Gregory said most of the problems were on Interstate 65 and the parkways.
Radcliff Police responded to eight non-injury, one injury and one hit-and-run wrecks from 5 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday, said spokesman Bryce Shumate.
Teri Withers said her husband, Terrance, was not one of the more fortunate motorists, as the family car was pulled from a ditch on Lincoln Trail Boulevard in Radcliff. Terrance slid off the road on the way to work, she said.
Aaron Thompsett of Gold City Towing assisted Teri and said it was his first call of the morning and he did not expect to receive many more.
“People are driving a little more safely,” he said.
The use of salt on roads likely helped drivers reach their destinations. Thus far into the winter season, the Hardin County Road Department has used between 1,900 and 2,000 tons of salt, supervisor Ronnie Goodman said.
“We didn’t hardly use any last year,” Goodman said.
In Elizabethtown, the Public Works Department has used 550 tons since the beginning of January, compared to 265 tons in 2013, supervisor Don Hill said. The department has salted the roads nine times since Dec. 6.
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