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A snow plow clears a wintry mix from S.R. 135 during Friday afternoon's winter storm. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

Winter weather makes early appearance


December 11, 2013 | 09:56 AM

A winter storm blew through the area last Friday, causing crashes, slide-offs and closings of schools and other activities.

The storm began late Thursday night-Friday morning as rain before shifting to sleet and freezing rain, coating everything in an icy glaze. By 3 p.m. Friday, the precipitation had turned to snow throughout the region, heavy at times, dumping three to five inches before midnight.

All county schools and their extracurricular activities were canceled Friday.

The storm caused 24 crashes — anything from fender-benders, to striking a mailbox or an injury wreck — and 15 slide-offs throughout the day Friday in Harrison County, mainly on Interstate 64, according to the sheriff's department.

Beverly McKnight, an employee at DaVita Dialysis in Corydon, said Harrison County Emergency Medical Services went above and beyond to make sure their patients were able to get to and from their appointment.

"They were just great," she said of the EMS drivers.

The patients' normal drivers, usually family members or friends, could not manage the roads Friday so EMS came to the rescue.

Another batch of winter weather came through late Saturday night into Sunday morning, mainly in the form of ice, slicking up the roads again, causing many area churches to cancel services, if they hadn't already been canceled from the previous snowfall.

Monday night/Tuesday morning brought another round of snowfall, this time only about an inch or so, causing county schools to be closed again.

The sheriff's department reported three slide-offs and three crashes yesterday (Tuesday), including a serious vehicle-versus-tree crash on Doolittle Hill Road.

The Louisville metro area has already reached about half of the season's average of 12 inches of snow, and it's not even officially winter yet.

Another winter system will move through this weekend, bringing yet another chance of a wintry mix.

The winter storm continued northeast, igniting winter storm warnings yesterday in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Light Up Milltown reset

Light Up Milltown, scheduled for Saturday, was one of those events that was postponed.

It will now begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and will feature a visit from Santa Claus. There also will be carriage rides, cookies, doughnuts and hot wassail, plus a live nativity, carols and, of course, the turning on of all the Christmas lights and lighting the tree in downtown Milltown.

In addition to the meet-and-greet and photos with Santa, there will be a raffle for a hand-forged split cross. Raffle tickets will be given for donations to fill gift baskets that American Legion Post 332 will provide to needy residents. Six tickets will be given for every five items donated.

Items needed include cans of green beans and corn, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, tuna, crackers, Kool-Aid, graham crackers, spaghetti and sauce, cake mix and icing, pancake mix, syrup, macaroni and cheese, sugar, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap and bath soap.

Church extends toy give-away

Palmyra Baptist Church has extended its second Christmas toy give-away to Saturday at 3 p.m. at the church, located 1/2 mile north of the Palmyra intersection.

Fifty bicycles and 200 dolls were among the items collected to be given away, Glenn Stackhouse, a church member and event organizer, said. However, because of last weekend's storm, attendance was low.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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