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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Across Kentuckiana, the precipitation fell steadily Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning, leaving a blanket of ice across the area.
WDRB News crews were on Shelbyville Road near the Watterson Expressway when it started to snow heavily just after 3 p.m.
"Sloppy and slow," said Louisville resident Jamie Childress, describing the storm.
But pretty soon, those massive snowflakes turned to ice.
The rain and sleet mix continued to fall for several hours, making it a slow commute home for most drivers.
"I've noticed people are driving 13 to 20 [mph] tops," said Ashley Finin.
Finin says she's used to driving in conditions like this.
It's other drivers she's worried about.
"Keep an eye on everybody else. Make sure you're doing what you're supposed to. Make sure before you go into an intersection, you watch to make sure there aren't cars coming that aren't able to stop," she told WDRB.
Neal Williams drove to Louisville from Sellersburg, where they're under a state of emergency.
He said his drive took twice as long.
"Lots of cars off the roads in ditches and everything," he said.
Many were able to get home before the storm Tuesday due to early dismissals at most schools and businesses, but those that got caught driving in the mess took the necessary precautions.
"Put it in low gear when you're going down a hill, don't hit your brakes and drive slow," he advised.
"You just go slow and don't stop on a hill," added Childress.
Before the storm, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet prepared the way they normally would for any winter event.
But ice is very different from snow when it comes to removal.
"We can't plow it until it gets to a slushy state. Once the salt has had a chance to work at it and start to melt it, only then can we start to plow it," said KYTC spokesperson Andrea Clifford.
The ice left a frozen mess on just about everything: trees, street signs and cars.
It also proved too much for some things.
WDRB News crews found a stoplight at Brook and Muhammad Ali downtown dangling from its wire, requiring a traffic guard to stand watch.
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Tuesday evening, KYTC released road conditions for area counties, with some places reporting more than an inch of ice.
Jefferson: Crews are monitoring rain, wet pavement
Bullitt: Freezing rain, partly covered roads
Oldham: Freezing rain, mostly covered roads with an inch of ice and ponding on roadways
Shelby: Freezing rain, partly covered roads
Trimble: Freezing rain and sleet, completely covered roads with more than an inch of ice
Spencer: Freezing rain, partly covered roads
As of Wednesday morning, more than 60 reports of trees down came through to MetroSafe and several areas are without power.
LG&E worked throughout the night and are still out on the streets in an effort to restore power to neighborhoods.
Traffic lights have also been affected due to the heavy amounts of ice hanging from the lines.
Reports include areas in downtown Louisville, south Louisville and towards the east end.
Floyd County also received reports of several trees down.
The KSP post in Elizabethtown say there were no major road problems.