Winter blast leaves mark on central, eastern Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - A winter blast crossing the nation's midsection left its mark on central and eastern Kentucky causing accidents on roadways and knocking out power to some.

The front became stationary over parts of eastern Kentucky dumping as much as five inches of snow in some places, according to WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey.

Bailey expects temperatures should bottom out in the teens overnight across Kentucky.

But aside from a stray flurry, Bailey says the snowfall is over in central Kentucky where about half an inch fell in Lexington. Snow covered roads temperatures led to more than 100 crashes before noon in Fayette County, according to Lexington Police.

"With temperatures as cold as they are going to be tomorrow most of that snow will stick around through most of the Christmas weekend," says Bailey.

While this is how the holiday travel period is beginning, the WKYT First Alert Weather team is watching another storm that may bring more snow by Christmas night and the following day.

Elsewhere, holiday travelers who were delayed by the snowstorm in the Midwest yesterday are getting where they're going today.

The number of flight cancellations in Chicago is in the dozens today, not the hundreds like yesterday. Some 200,000 pre-holiday travelers are expected to pass through O'Hare today, described as the busiest air travel day of the holiday period.

But high winds are being blamed for lingering airport delays farther east, with three-hour waits anticipated at some New York area airports. And winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued for Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are still without power in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan and Illinois. The weather service says up to 20 inches of snow fell in the Madison, Wisconsin area, and that high winds and drifting snow are making travel dangerous.

The storm was blamed for traffic deaths in five states.