Kentucky was hit by a blast of wintry weather that brought snow to eastern portions of the state and sent wind chill readings plunging below zero.
Snowfall totaled 3 inches Wednesday in Whitley County in southeastern Kentucky, but most accumulations were about an inch in eastern Kentucky, said Jeff Carico, a National Weather Service spokesman in Jackson.
A snow advisory was in effect for much of eastern Kentucky until late afternoon, and forecasters predicted total accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with up to 6 inches possible in the mountains along the Virginia border.
The snow contributed to slippery roads and a number of accidents, including a crash that caused an hours-long backup at the northern interchange of interstate highways 75 and 64 in Lexington on Tuesday night.
In western Kentucky, snowfall was limited to flurries but northwesterly winds caused frigid conditions.
Wind chill temperatures fell to minus-5 in Owensboro and minus-3 in Henderson early Wednesday, said Mike York, a weather service meteorologist in Paducah.
A warming trend is expected later in the week, with highs forecast in the 40s on Friday.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)