Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Wednesday's winter storm caused a branch on this tree on the Leitchfield courthouse square to snap in two.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Wednesday's winter storm caused a branch on this tree on the Leitchfield courthouse square to snap in two.

A winter storm that began Wednesday night and continued throughout Thursday left thousands in the region without electricity and resulted in countless damages.

Throughout Wednesday evening, freezing rain fell throughout Grayson County and surrounding areas, accumulating on trees and power lines. The accumulated ice led countless tree limbs to buckle and break, many of which fell on houses, vehicles, and power lines.

The storm ultimately resulted in thousands of county residents' being without power, as a result of the downed lines and broken power poles.

At the height of the outages, approximately 7,000 Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation customers were without power throughout its eight-county service area, and LG&E and Kentucky Utilities reported Thursday morning that around 900 wires were down in their service territories, with numbers expected to rise.

At press time on Friday, Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation reported that it still had 64 outages in its system with approximately 2,000 customers without power.

Additionally, Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson said that, as of Friday morning, the number of Grayson County Warren RECC customers without power had fallen from 2,500 to 1,000, with all expected to have power restored by Friday evening.

Electric crews and first responders worked throughout the storm to assist residents in need, and, in light of the winter storm, Grayson County Schools were closed both Thursday and Friday, with Wilkey and Clarkson elementary schools temporarily without power, as well.

Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson said the decision to close the schools both days derived from a variety of factors, particularly the poor conditions of the roadways, many of which could not be navigated by school officials well into Thursday afternoon.

With the weather clearing up on Friday, Robinson said, the schools look forward to having students back in the classrooms and on a routine next week.

Anyone in need of assistance is encouraged to call Grayson County Central Dispatch at 270-259-2126, 270-259-2128, or 270-259-0303, or 911 for emergencies. To report a power outage, contact Kentucky Utilities at 1-800-981-0600 or Warren RECC at 1-888-604-4321.