LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County residents received a rather unwelcome visitor earlier this week when the coldest winter temperatures in nearly two decades turned the area into an icebox.
The thermometer bottomed out when a massive arctic front blew in late Sunday dropping the temperature 50 degrees by the following night. By 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon school officials had canceled classes for both Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of bad weather.
Throughout the next two days, temperatures hovered in the single digits with the wind chill factor dipping several degrees below zero. The storm also included a couple of inches of snow.
Campbell County E-911 Director Charlie Hudson said there weren’t many accidents considering how treacherous the roads were by early Monday morning.
“We had a few on 297 and 25W before the storm, but it’s really not been all that bad,” said Hudson. “People have decided to stay inside. Anyone you shut schools down and businesses close, traffic flow drops down dramatically.”
Hudson also said there were no major accidents on the interstate due to the weather.
Schools were also closed on Wednesday, as temperatures struggled to get above freezing.
Kenny Baird, general manager of LaFollette Utilities, said recent improvements to the electric system is a major reason the power stayed on for most Campbell Countians. He said Valley View Estates and areas along the lake had brief outages that were fixed within an hour.
Most problems with utilities, Baird said, were the result of water meters freezing when lids were absent.
Conditions should be vastly improved going into the weekend, as temperatures climb into the upper 40s today and the mid 50s tomorrow.