LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An ice storm that hit much of Kentucky ended Friday morning, but rain was expected to continue through most of the day.
Sleet and freezing rain that began falling Thursday coated some areas with up to a half-inch of ice.
A surge of warmer air caused the precipitation to change to rain in western Kentucky late Thursday and the warmer temperatures moved
into the rest of the state by Friday morning.
"If it had been a couple of degrees colder, there could have been serious problems," said Jim Maczko, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville.
The ice storm caused minor problems and delays across the state; slick roads caused dozens of accidents, trees were toppled and
power outages were reported. Schools around the state dismissed early on Thursday and many were canceled or delayed on Friday.
Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric reported approximately 1,100 customers still without power Friday morning.
Although some roads had slick spots early Friday, most major
thoroughfares were clear.
"I think we were prepared for a major event," Kentucky Transportation Department spokesman Mark Brown said. "We had begun
pretreatment as early as Tuesday in preparation for the storm in
many parts of the state."
Even so, hazardous road conditions on Thursday hampered travel,
mostly in the western and central parts of the state. In western Kentucky, state police said they were called to more than a dozen weather-related crashes, some with minor injuries. In central Kentucky, a portion of Interstate 64 was briefly shut down after several accidents on the icy road.
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