Arctic blast brings near-blizzard conditions to Kentucky

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - An arctic winter blast swept through Kentucky bringing blizzard-like conditions along with plummeting temperatures.

The snow started falling in Lexington around 8 p.m. Thursday, and it didn't take long for it to start causing problems on the roads.

By 10:30 p.m., drivers were reporting near-blizzard conditions in parts of the city, and roads were quickly covered in snow.

Several non-injury crashes had been reported around the city by 11 p.m.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey says that at times the wind gusted up to 45 miles per hour in Lexington Thursday night.

Drivers in Lexington say they're taking extra precautions, knowing some roads could be dangerous in the snow.

"There have been a couple of slick spots when you're going over the overpass, particularly Winchester Road near New Circle," driver Chris Lambert said.

As of 11 p.m. Thursday, Lexington Streets and Roads workers say they had more than 30 trucks out treating roads and clearing snow.

As of midnight, Kentucky Utilities reported more than 500 customers in Fayette County without power.

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