1 dead as blast of wintry weather hits Ky.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 8:02 PM

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say slick roads caused dozens of wrecks, including one in which a woman died, and closed roads across the state as temperatures plummeted below freezing.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Claude Hudson was quoted by the Lexington Herald-Leader as saying that Ruby Miles was hit and killed by a vehicle unable to stop on icy Kentucky 11 south of Barbourville as she walked up the road after her vehicle slid into a guardrail Thursday. Hudson says five cars eventually piled up there, and three other people were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Kentucky State Police troopers in Pikeville and Hazard said they received more than 100 reports of wrecks early Thursday in the 10 counties their posts cover.

Officials shut down a portion of the Hal Rodgers Parkway between London and Manchester.

On the western end of the state, Trooper Jay Thomas in Hickory says there were multiple collisions on the Jackson Purchase Parkway and Interstate 24 in McCracken, Marshall and Livingston counties.

The National Weather Service has forecast freezing rain, snow and blustery conditions, with snowfall totals ranging from 1 to 4 inches.

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