Snow season

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By The Staff

Winter weather hit the area for the first time in the new decade with substantial snow accumulation and cold temperatures.


Area snowfall began around 6 a.m. Thursday, leading to the closures of Bullitt County Public Schools and the Bullitt County Health Department.

Shepherdsville resident Donnie Barr spent the afternoon Thursday sweeping his driveway in anticipation of further bad weather throughout the weekend.

"I drove my wife to work this morning and it's slick," he said.

Stores were swamped throughout the week with customers stocking up on groceries and winter supplies.

The Shepherdsville Kroger was full of vehicles and hectic shoppers on Wednesday evening.

"It's kind of crazy, all of this, for a few inches of snow," said Kroger employee Jacob Carter, who was hustling to retrieve carts from the parking lot.

Stores, gas stations and food marts remained busy throughout the night and on Thursday morning. Midge Browning, store manager at the Highway 44 East Speedway in Shepherdsville, said soda was the most popular item of purchase on Thursday.

"It's mild today compared to last night," she added.

Down the road at Family Dollar, store manager Judy Hodge was all smiles as a new shipment of milk was delivered.

"We were steady (Wednesday) night," said Hodge. "People buying bread, milk, toilet paper, candles, flashlights."

On Thursday the hot items were shovels, salt, ice scrapers and windshield wiper fluid.

"We have no sleds," Hodge added.

Shopper Ronald Morgan stopped in to purchase an ice scraper with a brush.

"I already have one in my car," he said. "This one is for my neighbor."

Sleds weren't necessary for young people having a good time on the snowy hills. Chris McDaniel and his siblings used the hood from his car.

Bullitt County main roads remained in service with state, county and municipal crews constantly working on the streets.

Many accident reports were taken throughout the day Thursday. Shepherdsville Police Officer Ken Proffitt said most were minor accidents and cars leaving the roadway.

"(Drivers) just need to use more caution when it gets like this," Proffitt said.

Cold temperatures and blowing snow led to an early decision Thursday afternoon of calling off public schools on Friday.

Snowy and windy weather was forecast throughout the weekend, with temperatures dropping into single digits and wind chills below zero at times.

Everyone is encouraged to send winter photos to The Pioneer News via editor@pioneernews.net.