Warmer Temperatures, Rain Expected To Thaw Out Ice Storm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An ice storm made its way through
Kentucky but warmer temperatures were expected to turn the slick
downfall into rains in many parts of the state by early Friday

The storms clogged roads and closed school campuses around the
state on Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for
much of the state into Friday, but rising temperatures would likely
lower the risk of freezing rain, said Angie Lese, a meteorologist
with the weather service in Louisville.

Lese said an ice storm watch was in effect from Elizabethtown
north to the state line, but the coldest of the weather was
expected to stay north of the Ohio River.

"We may still get some of it here," Lese said.

Jim Packett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service
in Paducah, said the "freezing line," where temperatures would
stay below 32 degrees, was forecast to extend from Paducah
northeast through Owensboro, but could shift. Areas below that line
were expected to have rain on Friday that could melt away any ice
accumulations, Packett said.

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 Thursday afternoon, some with
minor injuries.

In central Kentucky, a portion of Interstate 64 was briefly shut
down after several accidents on the icy road.

Mark Brown, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of
Transportation, said there also were reports of hazardous
conditions on Interstate 65 in Simpson and Warren counties and on
some stretches of Interstate 24 and the Louis B. Nunn Cumberland

No power outtages had been reported, according to the Public
Service Commission Web site.

Forecasters had originally called for a second round of freezing
rain Thursday evening, but changed the forecast to rain after
temperatures began rising faster than expected.

In eastern Kentucky, a winter storm warning runs through Friday
morning with ice accumulations possible as snow and sleet change
over to freezing rain.

The weather service had issued a winter weather advisory for
northern Kentucky through Friday, with about an inch of snow

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.

Brown 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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