Winter Weather Freezes the Area

By Michael Gossum | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It was a winter wonderland outside today, but it was a nightmare if you had to drive.

Unless you ran into some of the guys at Purity Dairy who actually went out and helped people stuck in the snow and ice.

"Since we didn't deliver milk for purity dairy today, why not go out and do some good deeds and help people get unstuck. Not everyone knows how to drive in this kind of weather, so we were just out there willing to help those that couldn't drive in this weather," said Ben Powell of Purity Dairy.

The amount of rain the area got before the sleet meant crews couldn't treat the roads because salt would get washed away.

"There was so much water on the road yesterday, it created a lot of ice. We had a lot of sleet, freezing rain last night and it's just real thick," said Wes Watt, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 Spokesperson.

Several schools including WKU canceled classes Monday.

Police were also out helping drivers who were stuck.

As the day went on, the sun actually came out and a lot of the roads here in Bowling Green became clear, but they're still wet and that's not good for Monday night.

"We're going to stop treatment at about 5:00 tonight. The temperatures are going to get down so low that our salt treatment will be ineffective. We will have crews on standby for emergency situations if something like that we're able to come up, we can get out there pretty quick," said Watt.

So for tonight, Kentucky State Police's message is simple.

"If they don't have to be out, stay in. That's the big thing we're preaching today, just stay inside," said Trooper Jonathan Biven, Kentucky State Police.

A lot of county and secondary roads will likely be bad.

Crew members at the Kentucky Transportation Post in Bowling Green said these are some of the worst conditions they've seen in awhile.

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