Afternoon, evening snowfall causes issues in many Kentucky counties

Published: Mar. 3, 2016 at 12:56 PM EST
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The afternoon snowfall caused some major traffic issues across multiple counties in the WKYT viewing area on Thursday.

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Director said crews worked multiple accidents across the county.

I-64 was closed in multiple places because of accidents and slide-offs. No major injuries were reported but crews responded to numerous accidents between noon and 4 p.m.

Les Stanfield, a driver involved in one of the I-64 accidents, said the roads quickly turned slick.

"One minute it was all clear and the next minute it was all white, pretty much," Stanfield said. "I have bald tires. My front tires were really bald, so I switched them to the back yesterday. And then it started snowing today and it kept on kicking out on me, and I lost control of it."

Both directions of I-64 were reopened by 6 p.m.

In Bourbon County, the fire chief says they worked multiple minor injury accidents and slide-offs due to the road conditions Thursday afternoon.

One car did slide into a tree and one person was transported to the hospital from that accident. Their condition is not known.

Most of those accidents were near the Bourbon-Montgomery County line.

In Rowan County, State Police say I-64 was moving slowly because of multiple slide offs.

Trooper Joe Veeneman says they worked a two vehicle injury accident on US 60 near Lakeview Heights around 2 p.m. Multiple people were injured in that accident, but their conditions were unknown.

The road was closed while crews cleared the scene but was reopened a short time later.

Thursday evening, Rowan County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Day told WKYT's Garrett Wymer that he had received reports of several fender-benders, but no major accidents.

"I was probably one of the slower people on the roads," said John Whitaker, who lives in Rowan County. "I've had an accident once before, and I think I'm a little more tentative than most people are when driving on the roads."

Rowan County Schools also took precautions at the end of the school day, holding the buses for about an hour until road crews had the chance to get the streets in better shape.

And in Bath County, the Emergency Management Director says while they got over two inches of snow in parts of the county, they did not experience any significant issues.

Road crews were working to clear the roads and the school systems were originally going to hold students until 3:30 p.m. so that they could finish clearing the roads, but they were able to release at their normal time because the conditions cleared up.

No major accidents were reported in the county.