Ice Storm Slams Ky

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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  • by K Location: anon on Jan 28, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    Responding to the comment about State Employees being able to take an extended lunch for a doctor's appointment without using vacation...that's completely bogus. I work for the State and any minute that rolls over lunch and/or coming in late, we have to take vacation time. And to oppose the common stereotype of State Employees, we do work very hard. There have been days when I haven't even gotten to take lunch until 3pm because I've been so busy. This goes for most state employees as we're highly underemployed due to the budget crisis...causing most employees to take on 2-3 people's jobs. Yeah, we stay busy, so that whole misconception of State Employees not doing anything is probably dated back 20 years ago when the economy was kickin'.
  • by Katharine Location: Louisville on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    It's really cold outside, trees and limbs have been falling since late last night from the weight of the snow and the ice. Much of Central Kentucky is without power, however by some miracle we haven't lost our electricity, although that can change at any given moment as our lights have been flickering for hours.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 25, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    Jethro, you are tha man! Can you hook a transplanted hillbilly up with some of those soupbeans and cornbread? P.S. - weiner dog survived the great couch fire of '05. :)
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Feb 24, 2008 at 09:46 PM
    Fred: Be careful not to toast your weiner dog when you light that couch! JHR: I have to go with Little Ol Country Girl, I have gone for long periods without power, and the only thing we missed was the Tonight show with Johnny Carson. What I wouldn't give right now for a big bowl of my mama's pinto beans with some corn bread and country ham that she fixed on top of the wood burning stove. If you ever wondered why so many homes in the hills have an old 'fridge on the porch, it's so the coon dogs don't get at the food they put outside in the winter when the power to the new indoor 'fridge goes out.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 24, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    JHR: The milk and bread industry are in cahoots with the weathermen. It's a big government scandal...:) To answer your question, if you set your couch on fire, there should be plenty of heat to fry the eggs, electricity or not.
  • by Little Ol Country Girl Location: Ky on Feb 24, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    To JHR...ever heard of wood stoves or kerosene heaters. In times like these use common sense. It was not all that bad.In fact it could have been much worse. People can use the cold outside to keep their food from spoiling.They can use wood stoves to cook. I have done it many tomes as a child. Now back then (30 years ago) we used to get good snows. I have lived without electric for up to 2 weeks.NO PROBLEM!!!I do however feel for the ones that have not the luxury of wood burners ect.Everyone should be prepared for bad times. You never know when it may happen. Even in the summertime. Disasters happen all the time. I am a country girl and I could make it for quite some time if I had to.Redneck? If so I am VERY proud of it!!!But I can stay warm and eat during hard times.
  • by JHR Location: Lexington on Feb 23, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    I have a question. Why is it that everyone goes crazy over bread, milk, and eggs when there is any threat of snow or ice??? If the weather was bad enough to trap you in, then the electricity would probably be out, right? And how are you gonna keep the milk and eggs cold enough to keep from ruining and not freezing? And what are you going to do with an egg in no electricity anyway??? Just wondering.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: PAINTSVILLE on Feb 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM
  • by Tim Location: Nichlasville on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    Boy it was really bad, we had a little freezing rain, and less than a inch of snow. Some storm. Get a grip people it’s winter. Now that it has cleared, we can all get bread and milk for the next big storm. Any wind and anything other than rain is now a storm. With global warming we don’t have winter anymore.
  • by CheeseHead on Feb 22, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    Yeah Blacksheep, I lived for 3 years in Alaska during my military days. Loved every minute of it simply because I'm a cold weather person. My philosophy is that if it is going to be cold, there should be a reason for it, i.e., lots of snow! You're preaching to the choir here. I've also spent time in the mountains of Nevada; talk about wind chill at an elevation of 5500 feet (yeah, that's where work was).
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