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Love it or hate it, snow has arrived in Kentuckiana

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Dave Kaston, Paoli Peaks Dave Kaston, Paoli Peaks
Greg Prince, INDOT Greg Prince, INDOT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The winter weather made it tough to get around in some parts of Indiana on Wednesday, but the snow was welcome to many who say they have been waiting for years for a noticeable snowfall.

It was mostly slush on most roadways, but in some spots snowplows faced a real battle as high winds blew snow across the highway and reduced visibility. Stranded vehicles could be seen along some highways as evidence as to how dangerous the conditions could be -- and it may get worse overnight.

"And that will be an issue that we'll battle all through the night with the wind blowing the snow back on the roads," said Greg Prince with the Indiana Department of Transportation. "And with the pavement temperatures that will continue to fall, we could see a lot of refreezing as the night goes on."

In downtown Paoli, stores were closed, and the square nearly deserted. Will Windhorst planned an after-Christmas sale at his shop, but was about to call it a day when we caught up with him early Wednesday afternoon -- although he did not seem entirely disappointed.

"It's not been that bad," Windhorst said. "It's been a heavy snow, and wet, and hard to shovel, but it's just a good break, you know, to give me extra time off this afternoon."

Although the town of Paoli was quiet, the slopes of Paoli Peaks were anything but, where the snow was more than welcome to owners and guests alike. Mild weather for the past two seasons have hurt business, but Wednesday's wintry weather was just what the doctor ordered.

Slopes were open and full of people enjoying the snow.

Dave Kaston says the slopes should be in peak condition for awhile.

"After this winter storm and then the cold temperatures that are expected after it, by this weekend we should be 100 percent," Kaston said. He added: "If we get winter storms like this every week, we'll have a great season."

A couple from Texas, where snow is somewhat rare, thoroughly enjoyed the snow. "Oh, it's beautiful. Couldn't ask for anything else."

It was anything but fun further north of Paoli, "especially for motorists traveling north," said Prince. "We just ask those folks to please avoid traveling up there at all costs. The conditions are a lot more hazardous."

Those conditions begin to worsen around mile marker 50 in Seymour. Again, officials are asking people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

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