LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Snow and very cold weather are causing driving problems in Kentucky, where numerous school systems closed for the day and others planned to open late.
Near-blizzard conditions swept through the state as plummeting temperatures sent lows in the single digits, according to WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey. The snow that moved into Lexington last night left a trace to up to 2 inches of snow in the Bluegrass.
"Temperatures stayed in the teens with sunny skies today," said Bailey. "The winds are adding to the cold with wind chills in the single digits."
Sam Williams, director of the Lexington's Division of Streets and Roads, said all crews have been out treating roads and clearing snow since the start of the weather event. The cold temperatures have made the effective treatment of roadways challenging after Thursday evening's snowfall. Many side roads remain covered with snow and ice and some treated roads have slick spots.
Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling and increase their braking distance. There are slick spots, especially on side and secondary roads. There are reports of vehicles sliding off roadways, especially on the interstate and the north side of Lexington between Georgetown and Russell Cave.
"After taking a short break, we are getting ready for another round of accumulating snow," said Bailey. "A few passing snow showers are expected late tonight, then the snow looks to pick up during the afternoon/evening hours on Saturday. Weather models are showing 1-2" overnight with more light accumulations through Sunday morning."
The high winds knocked out power to many people overnight. Early Friday morning, there were nearly 100 Kentucky Utilities customers without power in Richmond around the Eastern Bypass-I-75 area. In Lexington, 136 were without power in the Sandersville Road area and 148 were without power in the Harp Court area of Georgetown.
Roads in northeastern Kentucky remained mostly snow-covered, even though snowplows were operating.
There were traffic accidents attributed to slick roads, including a young man whose car hit a patch of black ice on Ky. 58 and overturned in Graves County in western Kentucky. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not to be deemed life-threatening.