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January 25, 2014

Morehead State students find fun in bitter weather

Morehead — Kentuckians are shivering under a blast of wintry weather and Morehead State University students are making the best of it.

With both the Camden-Carroll Library and The Recreation and Wellness Center closed by noon, students on MSU’s campus took to Eagle Lake.

MSU student Christian Hassagen said, “We saw it was snowing, so we figured there’s a hill with snow on it, may as well sled down.”

According to MSU student Adam Pollitt the students improvised, using everything from Tupperware to cardboard boxes for sleds.

MSU student DJ Mayfann said, “It started out being just a couple of people, and then you turn around to 30 to 40 others after you’ve been here for about an hour.”

As a result of the recent weather, there have been major wrecks reported along I-64 between Exit 137 in Morehead and Exit 156 in Olive Hill by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

According to Allen Blair of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the snow has come to an end across the district with air and road temperatures around 30.

Blair said crews were out at midnight preparing for the blast of winter thqat hit this morning and continued through most of the day.

According to Blair, the transportation cabinet used around 3,800 lbs of salt earlier this week, leaving over 14,000 lbs remaining in their reserves.

Blair said they have approximately 35 to 80 trucks out, across ten counties.

The National Weather Service Jackson, KY., had issued a winter weather advisory for Rowan and surrounding counties effective until 7 p.m. tonight. They expect scattered snow showers with gusts of up to 30 to 35 mph bringing up to a half inch of snow accumulation.

Ji Heo, Patrick Brumback and Sara Justice contributed to this story.

 

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