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Rare 'thundersnow' storm causes over a dozen accidents

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of drivers slid and slipped on the slick streets in Franklin County after a rare storm called a thundersnow dumped a few inches of snow on the roads in a short period of time.

"This hit so fast, I've never seen thundersnow before and this hit so fast and put down the snow at such a rapid pace you just react to it as best as you can," said Sheriff Pat Melton.

He says the one-two punch of ice and snow caused about a dozen accidents Friday morning.

David Moore didn't end up on the side of the road but he saw plenty of drivers who did.

"Very treacherous out there, icy roads," he said.

He says he was ready to trade in the wheel for the day to escape the poor road conditions.

"I'm ready to get off the roads and get inside," Moore said.

Melton says there were extra drivers on the road dealing with the extra snow and ice.

"We saw heavier traffic later this morning as opposed to earlier as commuters were going into state government and the legislative session," said Melton.

Melton is worried the roads will become even more dangerous as temperatures continue to fall because drivers may start to see patches of black ice.


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