Snow drifts strand hundreds

Sleet…snow…wind…and freezing temperatures – it’s a dangerous combination that stranded hundreds of people earlier today.

Snow drifts are a winter phenomenon that seems harmless but can cause a lot of damage. It’s less about the amount, and more about how it got here. Drifting snow on the roadway makes it that much harder to see when you’re out driving.

Several drivers told us today it pushed them off the road in some cases. Arlin Russell was one of those drivers. He said he was driving when all of a sudden the snow and wind caught his trailer and pulled him off the road, “We got the sleet under the snow and when you come around the curve that doesn’t help any so it got it. My trailer was coming around this way too and lost traction. It was gone.”

He wasn’t alone- W.H. Shumaker was picking up his son when his car went airborne from the wind and snow, “I knew I wasn’t on the road when the vehicle went off I wasn’t going not 10 mile and hour but you could tell when the vehicle lifted off the ground.”

Paducah was seeing wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour, and with the amount of snow we saw, it’s no wonder drivers were taken by snow drifts.

The safest thing to do if you are caught driving in a snow drift- slow down so you have better control of the car.

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