LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- In a matter of hours, three inches of snow hit the ground in the Metro area, sending Monday morning commuters off the road.
"It was coming down so quickly, it was just compacting onto the salt," Chris Poynter, with the mayor's office said.
The city of Louisville skipped out on pre-treating the roads when forecasters predicted rain, which would just wash it away. But the salt trucks and plows hit the pavement as soon as the snow and ice began to fall Sunday evening and continued into Monday morning.
"The biggest difference here is, once the snow started, it didn't stop," Poynter said.
With only a few inches of snow, the city relied on the salt mixed in with morning travelers to get the rest of the job done, but well into the afternoon, many city roads remained packed with snow.
"It's a little bit before noon, so I figured it would be better by now, but it's not clear yet. Kind of surprising but not bad yet," Taylor Mayer, a Louisville driver said.
City crews returned to their same routes four times throughout the snow fall, twice to salt and another two times with the plow.
"You can only do so much and I think the mayor has done a stellar job this year, making sure the roads are clear. You can't always hit it out of the ballpark," Bob Peterson, a Louisville driver said.
Sunday's snowfall marked the 20th snow event for Louisville this winter.