Winter storm expected to bring snow to Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - A strong winter storm moving out of the Midwest is expected to drop significant snowfall on parts of Kentucky.

A broad area of the commonwealth, including the Lexington area, was placed under a winter weather advisory for 1-4 inches of snow, mostly east of Interstate 65.

WKYT chief meteorolgist Chris Bailey expects rain to change over to snow after sunset and the Wednesday morning commute is expected to be slow and slick.

"Wraparound snows will fall across much of central and eastern Kentucky during this time. The heaviest will be across parts of central and northern Kentucky, where several inches of snow will be possible," said Bailey.

Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, on the south bank of the Ohio River, were under a winter storm warning from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service said 2-4 inches of snow was likely, beginning Tuesday night.

Snow should taper off during the daylight hours on Wednesday.

That same winter storm is making travel difficult through a large swath of the Midwest.

About 600 snowplows are on duty in northern Illinois, where the governor is urging people to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

One Chicago woman says she "thought it was just media hype."

But the storm that's brought a blast of wet snow to the city appears to be living up to the advance warnings. It's expected to dump more snow than Chicago has seen since the 2011 blizzard.

It's barreling through Illinois on its way toward the nation's capital, where it is expected to arrive late tonight.

In western Wisconsin this morning, a semi-trailer slid off a snow-covered interstate and into a river, killing one person. Authorities have been searching for a second person believed to have been a passenger.

Airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights at Chicago airports today. And airlines along the storm's projected path are also cutting flights -- including hundreds at Dulles and Reagan National airports in the Washington area.

In Chicago, officials have been working to keep Lake Shore Drive safe. A blizzard in February of 2011 shut down the lakefront highway at rush hour, stranding hundreds of cars and buses and trapping passengers overnight.

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