Kentuckiana roads still slippery as snow ends, ice in forecast - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Kentuckiana roads still slippery as snow ends, ice in forecast

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Roads in the Louisville metro area were still mostly snow and ice covered Saturday morning.  Main thoroughfares were reported wet; other roads and streets were not as clear, authorities said.

Conditions on Kentucky state-maintained routes in the Louisville area were "in good shape," according to District Five spokesperson Andrea Clifford.  Those include Bullitt, Franklin, Jefferson, Oldham and Spencer Counties.  Crews report "pushing slush back on shoulders and out of turning lanes," Clifford said.

Workers in Henry, Shelby and Trimble Counties continue to spread salt and plow snow, as they have some routes still partially covered.

Snow and ice covered roads are reported in southern Indiana as well. 

MetroSafe in Louisville reported 26 injury accidents, 144 non-injury accidents, 13 hit-and-run crashes and 163 stranded motorists from 2 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday.  Dispatchers answered 1,529 calls to 911 for help, MetroSafe supervisor Jody Duncan said in a statement.

http://ags2.lojic.org/metrosnowroutes/index.html shows status of plowed, salted or otherwise treated main routes in Louisville and Jefferson County.

Kentucky State Police report roads in the Elizabethtown post area are passable, with interstates and parkways having isolated patches of black ice.  Secondary roads are mostly clear.  This would include Interstate 65 from Louisville to Munfordville, the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, and U.S. 31-W.

Roads in the Campbellsburg post area are still slick and hazardous.  This would include Interstate 71 from Louisville to Owenton.

Roads in the Frankfort post area are mostly wet with some slick spots.  This would include Interstate 64 and U.S. 60 from Louisville to Frankfort.

Colder temperatures could cause moisture to freeze on pavement Saturday.  Forecasts of ice accumulations for Sunday could exacerbate slippery road conditions, with that ice falling on top of Friday and Saturday snow. 

In southern Indiana, the state Department of Homeland Security is advising people in Crawford and Washington counties to stay off the roads.  Floyd County lifted its "state of emergency" and travel warning just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

The department issued travel warnings in those counties, which is the highest level of local travel advisory. Homeland Security is asking people to refrain from travel.

Brown, Daviess, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Martin, Owen, Perry, Scott and Vanderburgh counties were on travel watches, which means conditions are threatening to public safety. The department says only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended.

Eighteen other counties are under travel advisories, meaning travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation.

The winter storm misery is not isolated to Kentuckiana.

After a wintry blast lashed the Southwest and other parts of the country, millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend, with the cold snap forecast to continue causing problems and trekking east.

For Saturday, a wind chill advisory is in effect for parts of northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel. Forecasters say wind chill readings between zero and minus-5 degrees may occur.

Freezing rain and sleet are likely again Saturday night in Memphis, Nashville and other areas of Tennessee.

Virginia officials warn residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape Sunday.

On Friday, the storm stretched from South Texas through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

Earlier, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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