Feb 15, 2010 12:42 PM
Winter-weary Kentucky was walloped by another storm Monday that sent highway crews scurrying to clear roads covered by fresh accumulations of snow.
Forecasters predicted accumulations across the state of a half-foot of snow or more from the latest winter storm.
Authorities in some northern Kentucky counties warned motorists by late Monday morning that snow plows could not keep up with the accumulations, which were expected to reach nine inches in some areas.
State officials said road crews were plowing snow in every county except Floyd, where plows were beginning to mobilize before noon as light snow was falling.
The latest snow added to accumulations still on the ground from a heavy snow last week.
Major roads throughout the state were partly to mostly covered and slick, said Allen Blair, a state Transportation Cabinet spokesman for northeastern Kentucky. 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.
"It is coming steadily down," said Sandra Hammers, who had a 10-mile drive to work Monday morning in Covington. "This is a lot (of snow) for us."
Hammers, director of the Fairhaven Rescue Mission, said the shelter for men is not seeing an increase in visitors due to the snow.
"Sometimes when it's extremely cold - and right now it's not so cold as it is snowy - then once the (homeless) find a place, they kind of hunker down and stay there," Hammers said.
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.
Some flights were canceled Monday at Louisville International Airport, said spokeswoman Trish Burke. Burke said the airport's runways are clear but Delta and Continental have canceled some flights to and from Atlanta, Cleveland, Newark and Cincinnati.
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