Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

March 5, 2014

Winter Storm Titan sweeps across area

By Brad Stacy - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

March 5, 2014 — Winter Storm Titan swept through parts of the United States, including much of Kentucky and the Carter County area on Sunday and Monday.

Titan “was a battle between a strong southern jet stream and an intense wave of low pressure moving in from the west coast versus a huge arctic high pumping cold air in the U.S.,” according to CBS.

The winter storm caused flash flooding on the west coast of the United States during the weekend before changing to snow across the Rockies and barreling eastward.

Sleet moved across Kentucky on Sunday night before changing into a heavy snow on Monday morning. The National Weather Service reported up to a half inch of ice in places with some parts of the state receiving up to eight inches of snow.

Road conditions were hazardous and many offices and schools districts were forced to close or delay their day on Monday.

Morehead State University, the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University each suspended office hours and classes.

Carter County schools were closed Monday and Tuesday.

Titan caused hazardous driving conditions on all roads. Several accidents were reported in Carter County due to the slick conditions.

There were multiple reports of wrecks on I-64, including jackknifed semi-truck trailers.

Forecasters originally predicted large amounts of ice, which worried electric companies and their customers. Less ice fell than anticipated and power outages were scarce. No power outages with American Electric Power (AEP) or Grayson Rural Electric were reported in Grayson.

AEP worked yesterday on restoring power to 200 customers on the Boyd-Carter line.

After a long, brutal winter, change may be coming soon. The NWS forecasts slightly warmer weather in the upcoming days without a chance of snow.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.