Drive safe Kentuckiana! Colder temps moving in, slush turning to ice


by WHAS11 News

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 20 at 6:03 PM

(WHAS11) Most schools and many businesses were closed today as snowfall moved through the area.  You can see a complete list of closed schools here


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A winter storm blew through Kentucky on Tuesday, dropping up to seven inches or more of snow in the state's second round of the white stuff in a week.

Road crews around the state were in high gear Tuesday morning, trying to keep up as roads slickened when snow turned to slush.

Despite the mess, the snow storm didn't appear to do much damage as it moved eastward toward the mountains, with no reports of emergencies or major accidents, said Buddy Rogers, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

"It looks like we dodged another bullet," Rogers said.

The storm dropped as much as seven inches of snow in some areas on top of the remnants of a storm a week ago, said Joe Ammerman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

The storm had cleared the Louisville area around 11:30 a.m., with temperatures falling into the 20s and winds gusting up to 25 mph bringing up the rear, Ammerman said

"As soon as this moves out, there's really no precipitation behind it," Ammerman said. "Even after the snow quits, there's going to be some blowing and drifting snow."

The storm moved into the state Tuesday evening, prompting school systems and courthouses across the state to close for the day. U.S. District Court in Louisville remained open, albeit with a skeleton staff and no court hearings. A judge in Smithland, in western Kentucky, postponed jury selection in a murder trial because of the weather.

Interstates in Louisville were in "pretty good shape," but the snow fell so fast that stretches that had been cleared were being covered with another layer, said Andrea S. Clifford, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 spokeswoman.

In northeastern Kentucky, roads were also snow covered and slick before dawn, said Allen Blair of the state Transportation Cabinet.

A wintry mix was forecast for Morehead, then snow with up to 5 inches by late Wednesday. In Paducah, it was all snow early Tuesday, but was expected to taper to flurries after about noon.

The Louisville airport remained open, with only 18 cancellations among it's 166 daily flights, said airport spokeswoman Trish Burke. Two snow teams alternated 12 hour shifts to keep the runways clear, Burke said.

There have been cancellations to and from Washington, D.C., Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore -- all places hit harder by the winter weather, Burke said.

"We're doing, I think, pretty well," Burke said.

Once the snow stops, the problem becomes falling temperatures, Rogers said. What was slush and water is likely to refreeze overnight, creating slick roads again, he said. Road crews will remain on duty, attempting to clear roads, Rogers said.

"It's not completely over yet," Rogers said. "Let the road crews do their thing."

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To check out the road conditions in Kentucky you can call 511.
In Indiana just call 1-800-261-ROAD.