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SLIDESHOW: Slick roads expected as temps drop overnight

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Snow blanketed areas north of Louisville Wednesday, but Metro Louisville escaped the worst of the storm.

Rain turned into light snow that continued falling throughout the day in downtown Louisville, but areas to the north, such as Seymour, Indiana saw significant accumulations.

WDRB's Jeremy Kappell reported from Seymour early in the day, where temperatures had already fallen to freezing by 7 a.m. as the snow picked up in intensity. Temperature had dropped into the upper 20s by 9 a.m.

According to the state police, road conditions were deteriorating significantly near Columbus and Indianapolis.

"I do expect that the road conditions here will soon be in pretty bad shape as well," Kappell said.

The National Weather Service canceled a winter storm warning, but a Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for Jefferson County and surrounding counties until 7 p.m.

Snow was expected to continue until about 7 o'clock Wednesday before tapering off with accumulations of an inch or less expected in Metro Louisville; however, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing after dark, some roadways could develop slick spots.

According to the Indiana State Police Post in Bloomington, SR 37 was closed early Wednesday, but had re-opened by noon. However all roads, including SR37, SR46 and SR45 in the Bloomington District remained snow covered, slick and extremely hazardous.

Evansville, Indiana picked up three inches of snow in one hour early Wednesday, with white-out conditions in some areas.

Crews in Kentucky were unable to pre-treat the roads because they were already wet from rain, but transportation officials tell us they're ready to tackle any winter weather ahead.

Most roadways in Kentucky had wet pavement as of 2 p.m. with temperatures in the mid-30s. Kentucky Transportation crews in Trimble County continued to salt and plow the roads as heavy snow fell. Roads in this area are mostly covered at this time.

In Henry and Oldham Counties, crews were spot treating areas where some slick spots have developed. All other counties in District 5 have staff monitoring the roadways and salt trucks on standby.

With lingering precipitation and temperatures predicted to fall into the 20s this evening, officials say some crews will be staying past their normal ending time to treat roadways. Contract crews will also be utilized during the evening rush hour to help salt area roadways. A second shift of state forces will come in at midnight to patrol routes during the overnight hours when moisture on the pavement is likely to refreeze.

For weather conditions in Kentucky, dial 511 or 866-737-3767; in Indiana, call 800-261-7623.

Also, anytime you expect to drive in wintry conditions that could become treacherous check the forecast before you leave. Experts recommend carrying a fully charged cell phone, bottled water and blankets as well as a blanket just in case you become stranded.

The following counties in the Bloomington District have issued a Snow Emergency and have limited travel only for emergencies and public safety personnel: Owen, Monroe, Brown and Morgan.

A Snow Emergency is declared when a major winter storm severely impacts a city or county. In a Snow Emergency, schools, universities, government offices and other public buildings may close. Typically, the emergency is declared by the mayor or other high official. The declaration is usually issued before the storm hits, as drivers may be unable to move or even reach their cars after it has begun.

Snow Emergencies are not issued by the National Weather Service.

The weather did cause a few delays and cancellations for travelers at Louisville International Airport. Click here to check the flight status of arrivals and departures.

We'll have more weather and road updates on WDRB, the WDRB Weather Blog and the WDRB Weather Facebook Page.


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