Winter Storm Arrives In Lexington
Lexington, you can't say you weren't warned. A major winter storm moved across Central Kentucky shortly after 7 a.m. Friday prompting numerous cancelations and warnings to motorists to stay off the roads.
Portions of eastern Kentucky have received a foot or more of snow from a winter storm that's causing treacherous driving conditions.
The National Weather Service said Friday that Lee County had received 13 inches of snow, while a foot has fallen in Rockcastle County.
Forecasters say parts of east-central Kentucky could eventually be covered in up to 18 inches of snow.
Elsewhere, the weather service says about 9 inches of snow has fallen in the Bowling Green area, with 7 inches in Nicholasville and Campbellsville.
Reports of 4 to 5 inches of snow are common in western Kentucky. The weather service says Henderson has received 6 inches and two communities in far western Kentucky — Kevil and Draffenville — had 7 inches each.
From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:
Road conditions are described in the following manner:
- Wet Pavement – The roadway is wet. Ice could form as temperatures drop.
- Partly Covered – The roadway is partly covered with snow, slush or ice. Markings may be obscured.
- Mostly Covered – The roadway is mostly covered with snow, slush or ice. Roadway markers may be difficult to see because of packed snow and rutting conditions.
- Completely Covered – The roadway is completely covered with snow, slush or ice and markings are obscured.
- Impassable – Roadway conditions are not suitable for travel unless required by an emergency.
Kentucky state and local officials have been preparing for a winter punch that forecasts say could range from a few inches of snow to more than a foot.
The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 10 inches of snow could fall on Frankfort on Friday, with locations elsewhere in Kentucky receiving up to 10 to 15 inches. Freezing rain and ice are also in the forecast. The weather service issued a winter storm warning for the entire state.
In Frankfort, the state legislature canceled its Friday session and state government offices are closed Friday because of the threat of winter weather.
Kentucky State Police said a man died in southeastern Kentucky on Thursday when his car collided with a state salt truck. Police said 59-year-old Billy R. Stevens of Williamsburg was pronounced dead at the scene in Whitley County.