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Posted: Monday, 03 March 2014 11:00AM

Sleet Storm Prevents Major Ice Damage

Weather officials are saying the rare occasion of a winter storm that produced a significant accumulation of sleet may have prevented major damage due to ice in western Kentucky. National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Shanklin says we can be thankful for the early change to sleet.

Shanklin says sleet accumulations across the region are nearing three inches.

Shanklin adds it has been a long time since the region has received this much sleet.

Christian County Emergency Weather Coordinator David Powell says he thinks this may be a record amount of sleet.

Powell agreed with Shanklin that the sleet was likely a blessing for western Kentucky.

Shanklin says the long-lasting period of sleet was very unusual.

Not much improvement is expected during the next 24 hours as temperatures remain cold. The area was initially placed under an Ice Storm Warning through 9:00 Monday morning, with the National Weather Service changing to a Winter Storm Warning around 10:00 Sunday night after the freezing rain changed to sleet.

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