HAZARD – Perry County was the recipient of some changing weather patterns last week, with a brief bout of severe storms rolling through as well.
The National Weather Service reported a line of severe thunderstorms travelling across the area, capable of producing winds up to 60 mph. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for southeastern Perry County until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
A bout of heavy rain and high winds rolled into Perry County just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing minor damage. A tree was downed and fell on a utility line on Skyline Drive in Hazard and there were also more than 400 power outages reported by Kentucky Power Company.
The strong winds flipped over a pontoon in Airport Gardens, while a structure at 84 Lumber in Combs also received damage.
Just two days later road crews with the state highway and the county road departments were combatting a round of winter weather as some areas of the county received approximately three inches of snow.
By 9 a.m. on Friday, secondary and county roads, and even parts of Highway 80, remained slick and hazardous, though by midafternoon the majority of the main roads were clear.
The snow also forced several cancellations. Classes in both the city and county schools were called off early, as were classes at Hazard Community and Technical College.
Perry County residents were treated to a second round of winter weather on Sunday, as another two inches of snow fell in some areas.
Perry County schools remained closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week.