Winter Snow Storm Blows Through Kentucky

Kentucky braced for an onslaught of winter weather Monday night and early Tuesday, less than a week after springlike storms pummeled the state with more than 20 tornadoes.

A winter storm warning was issued for central Kentucky and for counties along the Ohio River, from Kenton County in northern Kentucky to McCracken County in the west. The National Weather Service predicted that the Louisville metro area - Jefferson and surrounding counties - would receive 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight and in the morning hours.

"If we get this much snow, morning rush hour may be impassable," hydrologist Mike Callahan said.

Last week, high temperatures in Louisville reached 70 and tornado-spawning storms killed seven people in two counties.

On Monday, sleet was falling in Paducah at 12:30 p.m. CST, National Weather Service forecaster Pat Spoden said. He didn't expect much snow accumulation, but said there could be up to a half-inch of ice by Monday night

"There could be significant travel difficulties," Spoden said. A wintry mix was also expected to cause problems in the Louisville area, but later in the day.

By mid-afternoon the weather service had included much of central Kentucky in the winter storm warning, predicting 3 to 6 inches for the Bluegrass region, including metro Lexington and the capital city of Frankfort.

The weather service warned that ice accumulations also were expected in some areas. Temperatures in the 20s were hindering efforts by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to prepare for the precipitation in the western parts of the state, according to a statement from spokesman Keith Todd.

Crews were pretreating highways with a salt brine, in areas where the temperature was above 25 degrees. But Todd said "only a limited number of highway miles can be treated before the storm hits."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Joni Location: Morehead Ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    It was pretty bad out here, I didn't go out any..but a salt truck did wreck in a deep curve in front of my house. Fire trucks, police n ambulances were on the scene but thank goodness no one was hurt. Kudos to the salt trucks out all night making it as safe as possible with the given weather :)
  • by Jeff Location: Lex on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    It wasn't that bad. All you had to do was slow down a bit, don't brake in a turn and tap your brakes while slowing down. Driving too slow can cause accidents as well as driving too fast. If you don't feel comfortable driving in it; stay home and let those of us who can drive in it, get to where we are going safely.
  • by To Dave in Lexington on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    And....Ernie couldn't fix in 4 years what the Dems screwed up in the last 30 years...
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 11, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    As of 10pm RIchmonds just now getting a slight dusting of snow. Its not sticking to anything though. I think Ill go make myself a banna split and hope for a nice snow. Btw Jeep wranglers are great in snow but nothing short of ice tires or chained tires is good at stoppin on ice. Thats why I appreciate the salt truck drivers thanks guys!
  • by Anonymous Location: lexington on Feb 11, 2008 at 06:13 PM
    it is getting bad out do we think lexington will close schools?
  • by Amy Location: Bardstown on Feb 11, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    The roads are a complete sheet of ice! It took me 20 minutes to get home and I live 2 minutes from work. At least I got to leave early. There was a sheet of about 1/2 inch on my car when it had only been sleeting for about 30 minutes! Be careful everyone!!!
  • by dustin Location: 40312 on Feb 11, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    i thick it is cool
  • by Robert Location: Richmond on Feb 11, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    I remember the days of getting up to school and checking the television too see if there was school. Cant it be work just once come across the screen?
  • by MELANIE Location: GEORGETOWN on Feb 11, 2008 at 01:53 PM
  • by Dave Location: Lexington on Feb 11, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    Denny - If Gov. Fletcher and the good ol boys did more than watch road conditions and train our road crews for historic snow falls that happen once every few years, perhaps more would have been done to address real concerns. Do not blame a man that has been in office for a month or so for problems created by a man or should I say government in office for the last few years. Fletcher and company were good at spending money faster than the government could make it. Nobody complains when the hand-outs are coming around until there is nothing left in the pot. But why should Ernie care?
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