Snow closes schools, slows business in Harlan County

Snow closes schools, slows business in Harlan County

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James Slusher woke up to more than four inches of snow and no electricity. James Slusher woke up to more than four inches of snow and no electricity.
Slusher said road crews worked all night to get and keep the roads clear. Slusher said road crews worked all night to get and keep the roads clear.
Saylor said when the weather gets like this, the store doesn't always have the things they need. Saylor said when the weather gets like this, the store doesn't always have the things they need.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

HARLAN, Ky. (WATE) - Harlan County in Kentucky saw continuous snowfall throughout the day Tuesday, shutting down schools and slowing business for local retailers.

Local workers said snow on the curvy roads up and around Pine Mountain made it dangerous for travelers and deliveries.

Without power Tuesday morning, the weather reporter for NOAA couldn't even get his report in on time. James Slusher woke up to more than four inches of snow and no electricity.

"No power and everything is transmitted through the computer at 7:00 a.m., so if you don't have power, your computer doesn't work. So today for the first time, they called me," said Slusher.

He lives at on a curvy road in Harlan County and said road crews worked all night to get and keep the roads clear.

"All night long salt trucks go up. As one goes up, another one is coming down. They worked all night long to keep this road black, because this is the main artery that connects Hazard, Kentucky with Harlan," he said.

Sharon Saylor works at Bledsoe Grill and Grocery and said when the weather gets like this, the store doesn't always have the things they need.

"A lot of trucks come from out of here and a lot of times we can't even get them when it's really bad," she said.

Saylor said her power went out for about an hour Tuesday morning.

"You always have to have your back-up heat, either gas or a fireplace, and a lot of people haven't even got that around here. It's rough," she said.

And when the weather makes roads dangerous, there's no telling whether or not she will be busy.

"It's slow at times and then, you know, a lot of times it don't hurt it. It seems like that when a lot of people rush out to get food, afraid they're going to be stranded in the house," she said.

The snow was isolated to the higher elevations. In lower elevation towns like Harlan, residents only saw rain.

Harlan County Schools were also shut down Tuesday because of the snow.

One student affected by the snow didn't say he was disappointed to miss school, but didn't enjoy cabin fever either.

Jason Whitehead was thinking about football playoffs on his day off from school. It didn't matter to him that it was cold and snowy.

"I like playing in the snow. It's a lot of fun. Especially being out on a four-wheeler. I like it. I don't like being stuck in the house. It's boring when you can't get out and go nowhere," he said.

Whitehead said he doesn't necessarily miss school, but doesn't like being cooped up in the house either.

"Seen a few deer. You can seem them real good where there's snow in the ground. Just riding around, scouting a little bit before deer season comes in," he said.

More snow was expected overnight Tuesday in Harlan county, but only in the higher elevations.

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