LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Winter-weary Kentucky was walloped by another storm Monday that sent highway crews scurrying to clear roads that were covered by fresh accumulations of snow.
Forecasters predicted accumulations of a half-foot of snow or more from the latest winter storm, with the highest amounts expected in parts of northern Kentucky.
The latest snow added to accumulations still on the ground from a heavy snow last week.
Road plows were mobilized early Monday to try to keep pace with the fast-falling snow.
Allen Blair, a state Transportation Cabinet spokesman for northeastern Kentucky, said roads were partly to mostly covered and slick. Visibility was reduced by blowing snow in some areas, he said.
Along a stretch from Morehead north to Maysville, roads were completely snow-covered.
"Near-whiteout conditions have been reported, with high winds and heavy snow," he said.
Multiple accidents were reported in the Morehead area, Blair said.
Road crews were on 12-hour shifts and motorists were being advised to be alert for snow and ice on roadways.
Aimee Lashley, a dispatcher at the state police Campbellsburg post in north-central Kentucky, said roads in the area were slick and snow covered, but only a couple of minor accidents had been reported.
At Elizabethtown, state police dispatcher Jodi Shacklette said there had been reports of a few accidents, "but it could be a lot worse."
A winter weather warning was in effect generally for the northern half of Kentucky, north of a line from roughly Owensboro to Elizabethtown to Lexington. A winter weather advisory was in effect for much of the rest of the state, except for the extreme southwest corner in the Mayfield area.
Forecasters predicted that portions of northern Kentucky could receive 6 to 9 inches of fresh snow, with some locally higher amounts possible. In north-central Kentucky, 4 to 6 inches of snow were predicted, while 2 to 6 inches were forecast for parts of eastern Kentucky.
The National Weather Service reported Monday morning that about 3 to 4 inches of snow had fallen in the Owensboro and Henderson areas in western Kentucky. Accumulations were lighter farther west in the state.
The Louisville area had received another 2 inches, while Lexington had received about 1 1/2 inches.
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Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories continue Monday as bands of light to moderate snow move through the area all day. Monday will be cold and windy, with a high of 23.
Extended Forecast: A potent upper-low will swing through the area Monday producing significant snowfall once again. Winds pick up Monday afternoon through Tuesday. The heaviest snow band will likely set up just north of the river in southern Indiana. Snow tapers to light snow/flurries late Monday through Tuesday. Flurries could last into Wednesday. Dry Thursday and most of Friday, then the next winter storm could arrive Friday night through next weekend.
- MONDAY 8AM: 3-5"
- MONDAY 5PM: 5-7"
- 3 DAY TUESDAY TOTAL: 6-9" (A thin band of 8-12” possible north of the river)
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