Feb 15, 2010 1:59 PM
Snow showers moved back into the Bluegrass Monday afternoon after an initial morning storm that dropped anywhere from 2-6 inches of accumulation in the area.
LEX 18 Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck says that snow showers will continue on and off throughout Monday afternoon and evening, with a couple more inches of accumulation possible.
So far, Lexington and surrounding counties have seen anywhere from 2-5 inches of accumulation. Frankfort has about 5 inches on the ground, with a total of about 8 inches possible in the capitol city before the storm ends Tuesday.
Gusty winds have caused roads that were plowed and salted to be re-covered by snow quickly, causing hazardous driving conditions throughout the area.
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.
Stay tuned to LEX 18 and here at www.lex18.com for the latest coverage on this winter storm.
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