Schools and businesses closed early Tuesday and heavy snowfall disrupted evening rush hour as parts of
Kentucky prepared for as much as 6 inches of accumulation.
Dozens of school systems have already called off classes for Wednesday including Fayette County.
A winter storm watch was issued for a large swath of northern
and central Kentucky, and the National Weather Service urged
drivers to use caution when navigating slippery roads. A winter
weather advisory was in effect through early Wednesday with
temperatures expected in the teens.
"It's a quick moving system, which will help limit the snow
accumulations; however it's pretty potent," said Angie Lese, a
meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The storm dumped about an inch of snow in the Lexington area, with several more inches reported to the north and east. Georgetown received about three inches of snow, Dry Ridge in Grant County totaled about five inches.
To the east of Lexington snow totals were also higher. Around four inches was reported in Mt. Sterling, five inches in Morehead and up to eight inches in Maysville.
Forecasts sent some Kentucky residents rushing to grocery stores
to stock up on bread, milk and frozen meat products. Gene Arnold,
manager at Food Lion in Cynthiana, said there were long lines
through most of the morning.
"When they holler 'snow,' we've got to be prepared," Arnold
John Lile, dispatcher for the Frankfort post of the Kentucky
State Police, said there was a moderate spike in the number of
traffic accidents but no reports of injuries as of early Tuesday
evening. The Kentucky Department of Emergency Management was on
call to help local governments if conditions worsened.
"It has the potential of being one of the heavier snows in
recent years," said Buddy Rogers, a department spokesman.
Some 36 snow plow trucks in Lexington were prepared to work
overnight to clear the streets.
Mayor Jim Newberry said he would consider declaring a snow
emergency that would require the towing of vehicles parked on city
streets. Kentucky American Water reported that two water mains had
broken, and garbage collection might be disrupted, Newberry said.
"While this is not a monumental event in the history of
Lexington weather, it does create some significant issues for our
community," Newberry said.
( The Associated Press Contributed To This Story)