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Wintry weather to continue through week

BY LAUREL BLACK lblack@paducahsun.com

An accumulation of snow could render roads treacherous this morning, and wintry conditions show no sign of letting up as the week continues.

The National Weather Service predicted that between 2 to 4 inches of snow will have accumulated by this morning in McCracken County. But as temperatures climb to around 34 degrees, most local roads should become easier to travel as the day goes on, NWS meteorologist Robin Smith said.

"The biggest issue should be (Monday) morning for commuters and kids going to school," he said.

A cold front will usher rain and sleet into the region around sunrise Tuesday. The precipitation is expected to continue until noon, and then pick up again in the evening, persisting until 11 p.m. The high Tuesday will be 36, Smith said.

Temperatures are expected to plummet starting Wednesday, when the high will be 22. Thursday morning should see a low of 15 and a high of 25, he said.

"Once that event happens Tuesday, we're really not looking for temperatures above freezing until Saturday," Smith said.

Highway crews spent Sunday responding as winter precipitation developed, as changing conditions prevented them from pretreating roads, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd.

Todd said slick spots had been reported all over the area. Crews were plowing and treating roads Sunday afternoon in Ballard, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties. Calloway County crews also began mobilizing around 4:30 p.m.

In terms of advice for drivers, Todd said, "Everything pretty much stands where it was (Saturday). Slow down, take it easy. People just tend to get overconfident after they've driven on snow a couple times."

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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