The ice has coated parts of Kentucky causing schools and businesses to close, and a slew of accidents.
In Lexington, police have responded to numerous accidents on the roadways. Officials say the interstates tend to be the biggest problems for drivers.
In Franklin County, accidents forced Interstate 64 to close for a short time, but officials tell us non of the accidents were serious.
Crews have been out across central Kentucky salting the roadways for those that have to travel, but the best advice for drivers is, to take it slow.
In Bowling Green the wintry weather is wreaking havoc.
Police in the area have already worked tons of accidents since the freezing rain started Thursday morning.
They say the ice started falling around 7:30 and continued all morning.
School systems there did not call off classes, but have since decided to dismiss early.
There are already reports of a quarter inch of ice on the ground there.
A blogger on our website from Marion County says there's a sheet of ice on the ground.
We're also getting reports of sleet in Garrard and Boyle Counties and even some in the western part of Fayette County.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Ice and sleet fell on parts of western
Kentucky Thursday as part of a winter storm that forecasters said
could drop a quarter-inch of ice in some areas.
The cold blast prompted Western Kentucky University to cancel
classes at its extended campuses and schools around the state were
dismissing early because of the weather.
"The roads have gotten treacherous," said Bob Skipper, a
Western Kentucky University spokesman.
Jim Packett, a National Weather Service meteorologist in
Paducah, said the cold weather would move through in two bursts.
The first was expected to end around 11 a.m. CST, with a second one
to follow about four hours later and last into Friday morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman in Louisville
said central Kentucky and Louisville were expected to get up to
one-third of an inch of ice, which could create hazardous
conditions for drivers and pedestrians.
"It's going to be a mess," Denman said. "With people falling
on the sidewalks and the accidents, it may be something to see on
YouTube. That's about it."
In eastern Kentucky, a winter storm warning runs from Thursday
afternoon through Friday morning with ice accumulations also
possible as snow and sleet change over to freezing rain.
How long the ice stays around is still in question, Packett
said. The "freezing line," where temperatures will stay below 32
degrees is forecast to extend from Paducah northeast through
Owensboro, but could shift, Packett said.
Areas below that line will see rain on Friday that could melt
away any ice accumulations, Packett said.
The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for
northern Kentucky from Thursday evening through Friday, with about
an inch of snow expected.
Harold Scholl, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police in Columbia
in south-central Kentucky, said roads were getting slick on
Thursday morning and accidents were being reported.
Mark Brown, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of
Transportation, said crews have been treating roads since Tuesday
in preparation for the storm.
"We are prepared to work around the clock to keep Kentucky
roads safe," Brown said.
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